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Danny Griffin

"Bad things happen, you just got to keep moving."

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a character in “Safe Harbor”, as played by CutUp

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Kashmir | Wherever I May Roam | Smells Like Teen Spirit | Touch of Grey | Dream On | Wheel In The Sky
{Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.}
-Albert Einstein




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{N A M E}
Daniel Arthur Griffin
{N I C K N A M E}
Danny, Danny-boy, Poof
{A G E}
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{G E N D E R}
Male
{B I R T H D A T E}
November 25; Sagittarius โ™
{N A T I O N A L I T Y}
American of Scottish, Irish, and English decent.
{S E X U A L I T Y}
Heterosexual




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{Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.}
-Desmond Tutu




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{H E I G H T}
5'11 feet

{W E I G H T}
170 pounds

{E Y E C O L O R}
Green

{H A I R C O L O R}
Blonde

{A P P E A R A N C E}
Danny is a physically fit young man with short blonde hair. Generally he wears simple clothling, nothing too flashy. Most of the time this is a plain t-shirt over a long sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. The t-shirts he wears are usually of his favorite bands. His favorites include: Nirvana, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix. He will also wear on occasion a grey utility jacket.

{O D D I T I E S}
Needs glasses in order to read. Bad allergies. He has deep scars on his wrists, and ankles from being restrained.




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{Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.}
-William James




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{P E R S O N A L I T Y}
{Nerdy | Awkward | Shy | Optimistic}

If there is one thing others can say about Danny, it's that he's a nice guy. He's just a naturally sweet, and innocent type of dude. He is the sort to do whatever he can to please others. He's an eternal optimist, and always tries to find the bright side of situations. Which at times he can annoy others with how chill he is. He doesn't like to fight with people, and will always back down when an arguement is on the rise. He doesn't have the greatest self confidence, and constantly second guesses himself, or belittles himself.

He can be quite shy, and awkward. He won't be the one to initiate first contact with anyone. He is also quite secretive about his past, and will quickly change topics when it's brought up. Why? Well even the nice guys have skeletons in their closets. He can be quite awkward, especially around girls. When around them he tends to stutter, or babble on about nothing, that's in the best of cases. Quite often he'll just teleport away from a situation out of embarrassment. This is even worse with girls that he may have an interest in. He's fine if it's someone he knows he doesn't have a shot with, though he still babbles on, and acts awkward around them.

He is a pretty big nerd as well. He's an avid comic book reader, movie watcher, and gamer. More times than not you can find his nose stuck in a comic book, or a sci-fi novel. His favorites are the Invincible series, and the Dune series. Though he has his nose in the books most of the time, he does like the outdoors, and is very fun-loving. Though not violent, or confrontational by nature, he will act if it's to protect others, especially if it's about those he cares a great deal about. So all-in-all he is a good-natured, and innocent young man.




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{Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.}
-Abraham Lincoln




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{P O W E R S}
  • Teleportation- Danny is able to move instantaneously from one location to another without physically occupying the space in between. He has advanced skill in this power, easily being able to teleport the length of a football field. He can currently take up to two others with him, but they must be in physical contact with him. When he teleports he disappears in a cloud of smoke.
  • Spatial Awareness- This is an unconscious, instinctual extrasensory ability that prevents him from teleporting himself into solid objects.
{S T R E N G T H S}
  • Speed- Even without his powers he is naturally fast.
  • Agility- He is pretty agile, and nimble. This is thanks to his powers, as it gives him a sense of security from falling, and hurting himself.
  • Kindness- He's just a sweet guy.
  • Intelligent- He's a reasonably smart guy, and is able to quickly work through problems.
  • Optimism- He always finds the bright side of things.
{W E A K N E S S E S}
  • Awkwardness- Don't even ask him to talk to girls, at best he'll babble on about the enterworkings of the Spice trade in Dune.
  • Self-Confidence- He's not very confident.
  • Claustrophobia- He's intensely afraid of tight spaces.
  • The Dark- He also has an intense fear of the dark.
  • Innocence- He doesn't like to find the bad in people, and so he's pretty naive.




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{Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.}
-Dennis Prager




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{H O B B I E S}
  • Reading- "It's fundamental."
  • Taking Pictures- "It's just something I like to do. If it's a problem I can stop."
  • Gaming- "It's fun though."
{H A B I T S}
  • Stuttering- "I...um...*teleports away*"
  • Taking Pictures- "What? It helps with my teleporting."
  • Reading- "Oh! Omniman was a villian the whole time?!"
  • Teleporting On Accident- "I...I...*sneezes, and teleports away*"
{L I K E S}
  • Sci-Fi- "It's awesome."
  • Classic Rock- "Can't beat the classics."
  • Games- "Wanna play some Borderlands?
  • Photos- "They capture moments in life. There's something elegant about that wouldn't you agree?"
  • Movies- "Wanna watch 2001 A Space Odyssey?"
{D I S L I K E S}
  • Fighting- "Can't we just get along?"
  • The Dark- "Yes....I sleep with a nightlight...."
  • Tight Spaces- "It's...uh...complacated....please drop it."
  • Talking About His Past- "It's...um....*teleports away*"
  • Cats- "I'm just allergic. Other than that I've got no problem with them."
{G O A L S}
  • To Be Able To Talk To Girls- "You look....your hair.....nice...uh...I gotta go construct additional pylons!*teleports away* Nailed it."
  • To Travel The World- "You'd think with my powers that'd be easy."
  • Completely Mastering His Power- "It'd be nice not to teleport on accident when I'm around a cat. It happens when I sneeze."
{F E A R S}
  • The Dark- "What? I don't....carry around a flashlight. That's...uh...that'd be...um...*teleports away*"
  • Tight Spaces- "It's...not that strange...is it?"
  • Killing Someone- "I don't want to hurt anyone."




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{Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.}
-Khalil Gibran




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{H I S T O R Y}
When Danny was born it was apprent that he had powers. When his mother went in labor he wasn't delievered in the usual way, no he teleported out of the womb, and dragged several of his mother's intestines along with him. Needless to say she didn't survive. With his mother dead his father couldn't even stand to look at his newborn son. He abandoned Danny in the foster system, never to see him again. Danny ended up in a Catholic foster home in North Carolina. From there things got worse, after all, nobody wants to adopt a freak.

As he started to grow, so did his powers. The nuns that ran the home ended up locking him in a small dark room. They chained him to the walls, and blindfolded him most of the time, only to let him out for his studies. This sheltered his fear of the dark, and closed spaces. Growing up like this he never had any friends, the nuns were sure to keep him away from the other children. He was treated as some sort of monster, and he had no idea why. The mother superior of the home was particularly harsh on him, and she's the reason he has such a fear of women.

Only one person ever treated him like a human being, like a kid, that was the lowly janitor. He'd often sneak in to bring Danny books, music to listen to, or sometimes sneak him out to watch movies, or play video games. Most importantly he gave him hope. If it wasn't for that janitor, Danny would be a very different person he is today. He owes a lot to him for just some basic human compassion. When it was found out about these visits mother superior put a stop to it. She fired the janitor, making Danny more alone than ever.

He was fifteen when he finally had enough. He couldn't stand being chained down in the darkness. He teleported out of his chains, and disappeared. After escaping his personal hell, he traveled for a bit around the east coast. He didn't know what else to do. Eventually he found himself near Maine, and was found by others like him, others with powers like him. He found himself a home, and a family, and has been there ever since.




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{No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.}
-Buddha




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So begins...

Danny Griffin's Story

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Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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Winter had no bloody idea how she ended up like this.

Actually, thatโ€™s a lie. She knew exactly how she ended up like this, but couldnโ€™t believe herself for actually ending up there. Granted, sheโ€™s probably not the only person in the world to get her foot stuck between some rocks, but she still wasnโ€™t happy about it. When she first got to the tiny summer tourist town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, she had found one of the more private beaches, opposed to the many over crowded ones. She usually found herself going there in the mornings, especially on days she woke up way too early. Today was one of those days, having had fallen asleep too late the night before, and her restless sleeping forcing her awake at around four o'clock this morning. She was pretty exhausted, but there was nothing she could do about it. So, she got dressed and left the house, coffee thermos in hand, walking down the ten minute trail into town and to her favorite spot, where she stayed for hours just listening to her music and sketching wildly.

Right about now, however, it seemed like that spot also really liked her since the rock slate that faced the sea trapped her feet between a deep groove on the surface when she tried to get up and leave.

Winter had her hands latched above her ankle, yanking in attempt to get her foot out, but after about fifteen minutes of grunting and groaning, she realized it really just wasn't working. It was about eleven in the afternoon, so there was no doubt someone from inside the house would be up to answer her pleading texts, but she wouldn't do that. She'd gotten herself in this mess, and if she called someone down it would just waste their own time and efforts. It was also a little embarrassing having her foot caught, but that was besides the point. So here she stayed, tugging and glancing around her making sure no passerbys walked by to witness this peculiar spectacle. She had been alone practically the whole time she'd been down there, and she figured she'd continue to luck out before she could release her foot, but sadly that didn't seem to be the case. An elderly man came walking along the cement path behind her, his small poodle in tow and Winter snapped up from where she was struggling, giving a small cough as to stifle the surprise that arose in her throat. The man just simply glanced at her, and she gave a small flick of her wrist in greeting as if to say, 'yep, everything's fine here, go about your walk.' He just gave her a curt nod and continued on his way. She made sure to watch him until he went out of sight before continuing the great foot release.

Another five minutes passed, and Winter had to accept that she just needed another tactic.

"I don't think I can get a jack hammer to free me," she mumbled absentmindedly to herself, trying to think of any other way out. "What if..." She continued on, before she bent down again, shifting her weigh as to make sure she didn't twist her foot and hurt it. Untying the laces from her shoes, she opened them wide enough that her foot would slip out as easily as it could. After a little more struggle, her foot popped out as quickly as it had gotten stuck in the first place, sending Winter faltering off balance. She just caught herself fast enough so she didn't smack her head on the hard surface. She withheld a small victory laugh, also surprising the bitterness that she stupidly should have thought to do that sooner, before kneeling down to attempt to pry her shoe out. Unfortunately, it was a very stiffly shaped shoe with no leeway for bending and so it stayed stuck. She really liked those shoes.

She debated staying there for another half an hour to attempt many other ways to free the left shoe, but she decided against it-- Not because she was giving up, no, she would never do that regularly, it was simply just because there was a new resident coming to the house and she wanted to be there when he showed up. She might actually be late already and that was pretty bad as it is. She really didn't know the exact time he was coming, but it was around this hour he would. She just hoped he didn't get lost on the trail. When she went to find Aiden before, she had given him a map to find it, but that can really only help so much. But she had a plan for everything. Before she left the house this morning she'd left a note for Danny simply asking him to keep a look out for him around the premises, to hop around a bit if he hadn't shown up around the time he was supposed to.

The whole household knew there was someone new coming, so it wasn't a complete shock to everyone. At this point, most were pretty used to the routine. Even if she wasn't there when Aiden had gotten there, she was pretty sure Chad was. Unless he slipped out some time during the day as well. In which case, she should really hurry and get back home.

Winter gathered her sketchbook and pencils and shoved them hastily in her bag, and giving one last longing glance to the black oxford stuck between the grey cracks, took off in a small sprint back to her home. Gravel from the roads stuck the bottom of her bare foot, but she tried to ignore it. Besides, it wasn't even close to the worst pain she'd ever experienced. It was more of an annoyance then anything.

Arriving at the edge of a familiar forest, she easily found the small dirt track and walked along it, making sure to glance around the surroundings a bit in chance of running into Aiden. However, once the short ten minute walk was up, she not once saw the semi-familiar boy. Rushing up the steps up to the front door, she cracked it open and peered in only slightly, before fully stepping in and closing the dark oak door behind her. Quickly scurrying into the kitchen, she dumped her empty thermos in the sink and leaned against the counter, defeatedly glancing down at her single bare foot.

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Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Aiden Connors

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"Wher....where am I?" Danny asked in a panicky voice. He couldn't see anything but darkness, pitch blackness all around him. He tried to move his arms, and legs, but he couldn't, something was holding his back. He began to hyperventilate as he struggled to move. "Somebody! Please! Help....I....I can't breath." He pleaded, but there was of course no answer. He felt something tug at his wrists, and ankles. He could feel his limbs being pulled, and pulled, and pulled apart. He began to panic even more. He groaned in pain as he felt like he was being teared apart. He then heard a elderly woman's voice crackling with laughter. It ringed through his ears, and he teleported away.

Danny landed hard on the floor of his bedroom. He sat up, and rubbed his eyes as he began to wake up. 'Just a dream, just a dream.' He pulled himself up, and rubbed the back of his neck as he began to wake up. He teleported over to his closet, and grabbed his cloths for today. Today he was wearing his favorite Nirvana shirt. He put on his long sleeved shirt first, making sure to cover up the restraint scars on his wrists. Once his clothes was on he teleported out of his room, and into the kitchen. He began rapidly teleporting around the kitchen to grab himself some breakfast. He grabbed some poptarts, and poured himself some orange juice for quick one.

Once he finished with his little breakfast he noticed a note for him left by Winter. He teleported out of the kitchen before Winter came in to go looking for the new guy. He popped around the surrounding woods looking for him. His teleports were rapid, and seemless, almost making him unseen. He just need a quick glance of area to see if anyone was there. Eventually he spotted a guy that matched Aiden's description sitting on a curb. He decided not to teleport in front of him, given Winter's reaction to him he didn't want to give the guy a heart attack.

"Hi! You're Aiden right?" Danny asked as he walked over towards him. "I'm Danny, Winter sent me out to make sure you knew the way to the house." He greeted him with a friendly smile. "Don't worry about being lost, it happens to the best of us. It wasn't too long ago before I was in your place." He said, trying to make him feel better. "Come on, I'll take you on to the house." Danny said as he placed his hand on Aiden's shoulder. "Don't worry, the first time's always the hardest. I've got a ninty percent success rate. We'll just say you were a little late when I found you. We don't need to say you were lost, I know how embarrassing it can be." He said with a grin.

Danny teleported them both, and ended up in the kitchen next to Winter. Danny looked up at Winter, and his cheeks began turning slightly red. "I...uh...found him....He....was...on his way....just....uh....late." Danny stated, not making eye contact with anyone, and looking on at the ground. He noticed Winter was missing a shoe, and raised an eyebrow at that. "You....uh....you're...um shoe...missing." He struggled to get out, still not making eye contact. He probably seemed a little strange to the new guy. He hoped that his sudden awkwardness wasn't seen as Winter being the cause of it. He didn't want the guy to think Winter's some terrifying hard ass or something.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis

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XXXDreams were never anything fond to Valerie. Someone once told her dreams were the pathways to desires, to what is to come. Dreams were suppose to be beautiful. No one ever tells a person that dreams are also nightmares. Her Mother is someone she often sees. Nightmares however, she has the ability to wake up from. As she did with a choking in her throat. The haze of the morning was calming enough. The curtains were drawn with thick navy blue curtains. As they would remain. It was rare to ever have them open. Only during hot days, or the night may she have them bounded with laced string. The only light source for her room was the red lamp on her nightstand beside her bed.
XXXHer bed on the floor was beneficial to the tossing and turning she did. When she realized her position on the bed, she only let out a soft sigh of discontent. It was too early in the day for the girl to leave her bedroom. So she did the first thing she did every morning. From underneath her nightstand she pulled out a deck of cards and began a game of solitaire. During this time she played mindlessly, allowing her mind to wander as her hands placed cards almost without reason, but whenever she snapped to reality long enough to witness the game she played, it was still being played correctly.
XXXThe solitaire game ended itself eventually, and neatly she put the deck away in its original spot. Still to early to her liking, she got dressed and sat on a pillow placed on the floor. In front of her, a table filled with crystals, figures of different religious practices, salt rocks, and candles. She'd read somewhere that these things had healing practices. She intended to figure out if they really did. The calmness it game her atmosphere however, was no lie. Her room was her sanctuary to clear her mind. She didn't know why others wouldn't want such a thing. A place to allow yourself to think, reflect, discover yourself. Many don't do so in the span of their life. This was something she couldn't afford to wait for.
XXXWhen it seemed appropriate she stepped out of her bedroom to the hall, going into the living room after hearing yelling from one of the twins. Even with her time there, she had trouble at times differentiating voices at times. She tried making mental notes on each of them, as appearance was out of the picture. It was easy enough to know which was Will when it came to moving around, though she was impressed by his fluid moments, you could see the slight concentration when mapping the surroundings mentally. She had a respect for the boy. He continued on despite having the gift of sight. It made her count her blessings.
XXXLooking through the entrance to the kitchen she saw a group of people, an unfamiliar face. With the party of people, she didn't want to add to it, let alone overwhelm. She raised her hand slightly; a small wave. With the gesture she went out the back door to the gardens, feeling her barefeet in the soil. Valerie purposely missed the pavement to the greenhouse to feel the sensation. While others enjoyed the cleanliness, the earth was something anyone could wash away.
XXXA brief glimpse at the house before she stepped into the humid glass house, taking a spot on the hammock. She figured if they needed her, they would get her. It wasn't like she had much to say. When it settled down she'd introduce herself, but she knew this harbor they called home was a place that took adjustment. God, she knew that all too well.



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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Lucien Stafford Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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It was early in the morning when Chad woke up and he was seemingly the only early riser in the house. He stirred very quietly, going down the stairs and opened the fridge, grabbing himself a bottle of orange juice before going back upstairs and sitting on the edge of his bed now. His eyes peered towards the outside of his window as he saw the shed that him and Winter stored some boxes along with furniture. It's been awhile since Chad had been out there and knew that it probably needed some attention. He placed on nothing more than a plain blue t-shirt, along with a pair of gray sweatpants and tennis shoes.

While he tried not to wake anyone else up in the house, he walked on the tip of his toes and went out back of the house. Chad reached up and turned the knob, opening the door and looking at the slight mess that had been revealed behind door number one. With a slight sigh, he stepped right into the shed and instead of rearranging things around, of course he went through some of the boxes. His eyes caught a slight glance of Winter's paintings as he looked behind him to make sure she wasn't approaching because the last time he touched one of her paintings, it didn't end well for him.

Chad reached down and picked one of them up, studying the technique displayed in all of her paintings. She was an excellent artist and damn sure didn't need no one to tell her that. After reviewing a few more paintings, he noticed an untouched box and arched a brow as he placed Winter's painting back down gently and walked over to the box, opening it. It was a box filled with Lucien's belongings. Honestly after everything that had went down, Chad missed Lucien a little bit because they was once friends. But after everything else that had happened, their friendship turned them into bitter enemies.

But still, Chad was sad about how Lucien left and it showed. The once pretty and sunny sky turned dark with soft rumbles of thunder and swirling winds. The only person that knew what was happening had to be Winter. She knew about Chad's ability more than anyone. Chad dropped Lucien's things back into the box and instantly throw it to the side. He stopped feeling sad and the sun came back out to play and reveal it's rays upon the Earth.

After spending about a hour straightening up the shed, he feels like he had been away from the house for too long now and knew that everyone had to be up by now. He exited the shed and closed the door behind him then making his trek back to the house, seeing Winter leaned against the counter with only one shoe. "Uhm, hi, Winter." Chad tried his best not to stare down at her awkwardness moment right now. He hugged Winter close then eyed Aiden, the new addition to the house and Danny.

"Hello there, Aiden. Hope you didn't have any trouble finding the house." Chad said while changing his glance from Aiden to Danny. "How are you doing this morning, Danny? Teleport anywhere interesting lately?" Chad asked with a slight snicker then turned his eyes back towards Winter. After a brief moment, he looked and saw the twins of the house and didn't say anything but simply nodded towards them. "I hope no one noticed the slight change in the weather a few moments ago." Chad looked over towards Winter with a wink, chuckling as he raised a brow. "Where are the other two ladies of the house, Valerie and Scarlett?"

With the shrug of his shoulders, he eyed everyone that was present in the kitchen. "So, anyone up for some breakfast? Lunch?" He asked while rummaging through the cabinet for pots and pans, the loud clanging basically filling up the kitchen. "I know, how about brunch? Yeah, I'll make brunch." Chad nodded his head while sitting the pots and pans on the stove and looking for something to cook now. He tapped his chin with his index finger, wondering what would be best for this occasion.

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Aiden was currently struggling greatly behind his calm exterior, and so the others likely assumed that nothing was wrong. The method of travel from the curb he was sitting at not even 5 minutes ago to where he was now, in the kitchen of what he could only surmise belonged to the house he was recently searching for. When the boy named Danny had appeared out of nowhere and hastily introduced himself before placing a hand on Aiden's shoulder and immediately whisking him off to somewhere else faster than one could blink, he was understandably alarmed, as any ordinary individual would be. Of course, Aiden was obviously not 'ordinary,' at least not according to the normal human beings who used the word to describe themselves. But if there were ever someone who felt 'ordinary' in an otherwise completely extraordinary world, it was Aiden Connors. So, needless to say, an ordinary person being instantaneously teleported from one place to the next for the first time would force them into something of a panic. And Aiden was no exception to this reflex...

The other inhabitants of the house all kindly greeted him as they passed by the kitchen before going about their own business, giving him a wave here, or a "hi" there, leaving Aiden to return their kindness with a simple wry smile and an uncomfortable wave of his own. He noted the twins, having the quick thought over whether or not one of them might be blind, before moving on to nodding at a blonde-haired woman who gave him a simple wave and no name before heading towards the door, until finally Chad showed up. All seemed more or less okay on the outside, but Aiden was practically screaming on the inside to keep the boiling heat within to a low temperature. This was a battle he felt he was about to lose.

When the blonde girl left to go outside, Aiden figured he should do the same, and as soon as possible; or risk the chance of lighting up the kitchen along with the fine people around him. He barely noticed Chad walk in at first, and certainly wasn't paying much attention to what he was talking about, but managed a hasty wave as he quickly passed him by all the same. To anyone who didn't have a clue as to what could be going on with him, it might have looked incredibly rude, but Aiden didn't have time to explain. He simply made a beeline straight for the front door -- or what he believed to be the front door, at least; the same door the blonde girl had gone through just before him. Quickly throwing it open, having left his bag back in the kitchen, he rushes out towards the area of the yard opposite and across from the greenhouse, and collapses on all fours just as smoke began to gently billow out from under his clothing. In addition, steam blew from his nose as he breathed heavily and closed his eyes to try and concentrate on not igniting; his fingers slowly curling around the blades of grass, which soon withered in his clutches from the sheer heat of his body temperature. Calming himself down was proving to be quite the task, and his fear of not being able to keep it under control was in turn making the whole process that much more difficult...

This was exactly why Aiden was initially so against the idea of even showing up, much less agreeing to stay, because if he couldn't keep his cool for more than 5 minutes of arrival, then he was in no way fit to become a permanent resident of the household -- no matter how much Winter or Chad had wished it...

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"Alright, thanks for letting me know Will!" Winter called from her stance in the kitchen. That was something that no matter how little or unimportant seeming, Winter always wanted to know. Where everyone was. It wasn't a rule or anything of the house, it just gave her a peace of mind; especially when it came to the twins. Ever since that god damn night, she worried about them constantly whenever they were out or if they were going to make it back. That's the only real clear thing she remembered about the whole Lucien ordeal- how she felt when she didn't know if Rob and Will were alive or not. That was probably one of the worst pains she's ever felt, like she'd already fallen off a cliff and didn't know what was waiting for her at the bottom of it.

Letting out a single tired groan, she moved over to the copper kettle that sat on the stove top, hobbling slightly due to the small inch heel on her single foot setting her height off. There was a little bit of water left inside, but not enough to re-heat for a cup of tea, so she grabbed the handle and moved back over to the sink and sat it inside, removing its top and running the water to fill it back up. Glancing over her shoulder as Will moved into the kitchen, she turned fully back around and began saying, "Nope, the note was for Da-" before cutting herself off with a small yelp of surprise as Danny teleported inside right next to her, Aiden by his side. Clutching her chest automatically, she took in a large breath of air, letting the counter behind her fully support her weight as she leaned back. Every god damn time. Every time he teleported like that, she always jumped out of her wits. Thankfully she didnโ€™t have anything in her hands this time; too many times has she wasted a gallon of milk by spilling it on the floor or broke countless cups to them shattering on the floor as she let go of her grasp in shock. Glancing over at the boy as he stuttered his way about, she couldnโ€™t help but flash a small smile. He had troubles talking with girls, it was pretty well known in the house. Nodding her head, Winter gave an apologetic look towards Aiden, saying, "Iโ€™m sorry, I think I need an updated map, my handwriting is kind of hard to decipher,โ€ right before Rob strolled on into the kitchen,placing his hand on her back after tossing the strings to his brother.

She knew what he was doing, she always noticed it.

She was grateful, really, but she wasnโ€™t one to generally like being worried about. She always worried about everyone else, so it just felt a little weird to her. Glancing back down at her foot, as both Danny and Rob asked about, Chad even giving a prolonged glance at when he made his entrance, she shrugged and gave a stifled grin. "I just got myself in a rocky situation, Itโ€™s nothing,โ€ she stated back, a little more then pleased with herself for the use of the word rocky, as she gave a wave to Val before she left for the green house more then likely.

Hearing Chad say something about the weather, which was an obvious tip towards his power, she cocked an eyebrow at him, silently questioning what he had been doing a few minutes prior to set his mood off like that. A small pang of worry stirred in the petite girls heart, but it was hard to focus on that, or anything for that matter, with the amount of people in close proximity to her. Usually she was fine, only getting the slight urge for her mind had to wonder around peoples heads, but obviously someone must have been feeling uncomfortable as her mind tugged towards theirs like a dog on a leash excited for a walk. Glancing over at Aiden, she half expected him to be uncomfortable with all that was happening. He obviously was good covering up his emotions. One would barley notice by looking at his face, but he probably had a lot of practice trying to keep his calm, even if it never really worked out.

She knew what happened when Aiden lost his cool, and she knew how he felt about it, so she wasnโ€™t surprised at all when he slipped out trying to be discreet as possible. Her evergreen eyes followed him till he vanished out the door, and she gave a brief glance at Chad saying, โ€œIโ€™ll be right back, and make me some eggs please,โ€ before shutting off the still running tap and picking up the overspilling kettle, unsure if heโ€™d need her to drench him cool. Walking out of the kitchen, she quickly paused and popped her head back in, calling to Chad once more, "also, make them scrambled!โ€ before leaving and popping out the door Aiden had left at.

She debated having Will come along with her, so he could do his emotions thing to make him calm down, but she needed to try this first, and wasn't going to spring that on him so quick. However, she would get Will if she needed him later on.

Glancing around the surrounding area, it wasn't at all hard to spot the smoking boy, as the grass withered beneath his grip. Walking towards him, she made sure to make some scuffling noises and walk casually enough that she wouldn't startle him. Sitting herself down on the grass cross-legged, enough space between them that he knew she wasn't scared of what he'd do, but also enough so she didn't get yelled at by him to get back, she set the kettle beside her, folding her arms in her lap. "If you need to, you know," she started to say, before realizing she didn't know how to put it into words. Instead, she went with hand gestures, making them combust as she made some poof noises. She hoped he got what she was trying to say and that she didn't come off seeming like an insensitive arse. "sorry," she said giving a sheepish look, "but really, what you're doing now is only suppressing it back in it's cage, It's not a bad thing to let go- and I have reinforcements," she said, holding up the kettle with water in it, before glancing in and saying, "though, I don't know if this will be enough, I think there's a hose right over there however."

Winter knew well what happened if there was no outlet of emotion. For her, her mind would send a rush of inexplicable pain to the closest persons head, but she wouldn't inform Aiden of that. No, she needed to make sure he was okay enough before she spat on random babbles of similar experiences. She needed to focus on him, not on stupid stories that wouldn't likely make him feel better. He just need to know someone was there for him, wasn't afraid of what he could or would do.

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Danny stood there, silently watching as everybody went about their business. He didn't want to start stuttering again, and seem like a total spaz in front of the new guy. Well anymore than what he already seems to be. He probably hasn't made the best first impression on the new guy. When Chad came in Danny gave him a nod as a hello. Even if he wasn't talking directly talking to a girl he still get's nervous, and awkward when even in the same room. That troubles him, he likes the girls in the house all well, and fine, and would like to hold a complete conversation with them.

When Winter finally left the room after Aiden he let out a sigh. "She hates me..." He muttered. And why wouldn't she? He can barely string a complete sentance to her, and gives her a heart attack daily. It's not like he does it on purpose, and he always feels pretty rotten about it. "Oh he's using his powers? I wanna see!" Danny said as he teleported to the window next to Robin. Or at least who he hoped was Robin, he get's the two confused a lot, though the one looking at a wall was probably the nearly blind one.

"Pyrokinesis? That's cool...er...whatever. You know what I mean." He said as he watched Aiden, and Winter outside. "I was kinda hoping he was a shape-shifter. Always wanted to see one. And younger....I hate being the baby of the family." He stated. "Think he's gonna stay? Hope I didn't freak him out too much by teleporting him here. I didn't think it'd weird him out too much, since he's got powers and all." Danny wondered. He'd hate to be the reason why someone didn't want to stay.

Danny turned around to face Chad as he rentered the room. "Nah, I'm good. I had me a poptart for breakfast this morning." Danny declined to his offer of brunch. Though he wasn't sure if he heard him or not as he was already off to go see Valerie. Danny sighed. He wishes he had his confidence. "Aren't you the one always with the plan?" Danny asked Robin as he moved over next to the two. "I...I.." Danny started to say, but was interuppted by a sneeze. Lucky he had the vampire sneeze down, and didn't spray the twins. Danny teleported away, and ended up a few feet away from where he was, facing away from the twin.

Danny turned back around, and rubbed his nose. "Dang it. Well at least I didn't end up on the roof this time...or in a closet."

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The sky outside looked beautiful today as Scarlett sat outside high up in the tree that was closest to the house. She's been up for a while, silently snuck outside with her sketchbook and climbed up into the tree in order to draw. The early hours seemed to be more relaxing for her even though she wasn't really a morning person but today she had felt different, more laid-back than cranky. Her pencil ran smoothly over the off white colored canvas as it sketched a detailed scenery that she had once saw in a dream of hers. The sketch resembled what looked like a cave, a huge one with vegetation growing all around it.

Her hand kept gently moving across the page making the vines come to life on the paper as she delicately wrapped them around the thin bridge made of stone that stretched from one side of the cave to the other. The trees had merged with the rock and intertwined with them as they stuck out from almost everywhere giving the whole scene an eerie yet familiar feel to Scarlett. Now intrigued on how familiar the picture looked she kept going, she had to finish it now. Next came the wildflowers that resided down under the bridge next to the small stream that flowed into a decent sized body of water inside the cave. In the center of the body of water stood a tree tall and wide bearing the beautiful sight of white petals with only a small fraction of the ceiling removed and crumbled away letting the sun enter so it directly shun on the tree.

Using the eraser Scarlett erased a slight mistake then took a small break. Her head lifted up from her sketchbook and leaned back against the tree with eyes closed as a breeze passed by. Her lungs inflated with the sweet scent of earth and flowers making her body relax with a faint smile upon her lips. A sudden burst of noise caused Scarlett to open her eyes. Blinking a few times her eyes wandered around in front of her before actually looking down and noticing a boy on the ground, wasn't that the new guy? Her eyebrow rose in slight confusion before Winter's silhouette came into view, they began to talk but Scarlett was to high to hear, plus she felt as if she would be invading their privacy if she could hear them. The woman's eyes caught the sight of his flames though which caused a jog in her memory. The lantern! That's right, there was a lantern in my dream.

Inwardly talking to herself Scarlett moved her eyes back down to her paper totally forgetting about the two below her and drew the lantern that she had pictured in her head on the right side of the bridge. Once she finished her gaze swept over the sketch, she took in everything and it looked beautifully eerie to her but something was missing. Tapping the pencil against her chin softly and in a slow rhythmic way Scarlett pondered the question of what was missing. She thought and thought for a couple of minutes and once she got frustrated enough she blew out a sigh, finally giving up for now.

Climbing down a few branches quietly before jumping the rest of the way down Scar landed on her feet, a little wobble but still on her feet. Her head turned slightly around to check if the two behind her noticed her before slightly jogging back inside through the front door and into the kitchen where she was met with the rest of her friends. "Hey there" she smiled and softly waved before pushing up her glasses and settling her sketchbook along with the pencil on the table.

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XXXThe hammock inside the greenhouse was by far her favorite feature. When people couldn't find her, she was in either one of three places. The greenhouse, the stone shed, or her room. It was rare to see her in the living room simply hanging around, or in the kitchen at times other that breakfast and dinner. She typically skipped lunch.
XXXValerie felt weightless a top of the hanging piece of cloth. A leg dangled out from a side, and her eyes remained closed. Some wonder what she even had to think about anymore. Most of her time was spent within her head. The girl didn't mind in the slightest. Her mind was the only place she could function through anything. The reality was, what didn't she have to think about.
XXXInside her mind she debated the values of the world. She was her own philosopher. It was like cosmos laid hidden within her, waiting to be discovered. She thought the same of everyone else. Valerie believed all people had potential to be brighter than the stars. But she didn't want to shine. She wanted to be a fly on the wall, watching the world turn about, eventually to one day share words with others.
XXXAt this point in her life, she knew she was much to inexperienced to share supposed wisdom. Even after all she went through, and all she endured - she only waited for life's next boulder to come her way. Whatever that ended up being, she felt prepared.
XXXThe one time she opened her eyes to look out of the glass planes, she saw smoke rising from the new person, and fire spew. So that was his ability. Valerie had to be glad she chose to let him go about his business instead of trying to speak to him. The pressure was probably a lot for the guy to handle. She didn't feel bad in particular, but she understood the feeling. When she arrived to the house, she was the same way. Those that knew her would say she's talkative now compared to her former state. At her first arrival, she hardly left her room. Over time she was able to come out of that shell, but the quiet still seeped within her.
XXXThe small bell a top of the door to the greenhouse rang, and her eyes averted over to the door. She saw Chad walking towards her, and could only wonder if he needed something. She liked him well enough, as she did everyone else. No one had given her a reason to particularly dislike them either. She returned the smile her gave her with weaker intensity. She sat up as well as she could within the hammock when he asked if he could join her.
XXX"It's as much your greenhouse as mine. I don't mind. There's a chair against the wall" she pointed before putting her head back down within the cloth. She didn't have much to say in the terms of conversation. Though, many learned that by now.



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Will and Rob looked to Chad with raised eyebrows as he asked who was going outside, touching their noses as they went back to their businesses. They kind of liked the new kid, having similar feelings of it. They didn't dislike him, but both were still suspicious of things, like new people.

When Chad kind of seemed to groan at the requests of so much food, both twins smiled up at him broadly. "Thanks Chad, you are oh so wise," Will stated with a roll of his eyes and the sarcasm dripping down his chin.

When Chad asked if he was blind, Will looked at the guy, waving the knife around a little. "Yes, and you're smaller, right?" Will asked with a teasing smile before tossing the knife carelessly into the sink.

He wasn't bigger than Chad necessarily, but he weighed more. He only knew because of how close he Will and Rob weighed and how Chad and Rob's electrical currents through them flowed different. Rob's was a little slower and Chad's a little faster. Will also worked out a lot with his brother since they were so susceptible to getting sick and needed to stay as strong as possible.

Will nor Rob mentioned that the first aid kit wasn't for a burn from the electricity. Will grabbed the plates and set Rob's in front of him before beginning to eat his own. The two were eating heartily when Chad left.

Rob turned to Danny. "Dude, she doesn't hate you, you're just too shy. Come on, be nice and brave," Rob declared with a pounding of the table though it was light and meant to be more of a joke than an actual statement.

Robin looked to Danny as he responded to Robin's question. "That is a relative term. I have the plan when I'm told to come up with a plan. I have not been told recently, therefore, I have no plan, except to find the plans and develop a plan after that," Robin explained though Will furrowed his brow slightly.

"That doesn't make sense," Will stated simply. His brother looked thoughtful for a moment. "Mmm... Nah, it does," He decided before finishing off his omelet and going to wash off the dirty dishes.

Dan sneezed and ended up a few feet away from where he was. Rob stifled a smile and Will outright laughed. "Come on Dan, I loved when you ended up in the closet, that was great!" Will said with a sigh as he calmed his laughter.

The front door opened and before Scarlet had gotten into the kitchen, Will called out, "Hi Scarlet!" His tone was the most obnoxiously friendly, childish hello he could manage and he just sank back in his chair as he continued to eat his omelet before picking up his fixed guitar and beginning to strum the song Thousand Years. It was such a pretty song and he loved it. He hummed, not feeling the singing part as of right then.

Robin picked up Will's plate and began to wash that off as he asked his brother, "How's hot head doing?" Will looked in the general direction Aiden and Winter were, seeing them outside clear as day though Robin couldn't see them from where he was.

"He looks like he's doing better. Not entirely sure though," Will stated with squinted eyes though it didn't do anything. "Scarlet, what you working on?" Will asked curiously, not bothering to try and look as he sat comfortably in his seat, turning his face to her as he waited for a response.

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Winter watched intently, a soft worry in her gaze as he tried what she had suggested. She wasnโ€™t sure what he was thinking about, but he looked way too focused for it to be a good memory, or any other type of memory for that matter. That didnโ€™t surprise her exactly, she had a feeling Aiden didnโ€™t have many bright remembrances in his life. Not ones that would have lasted too long at least, it was a pretty commonly shared trait amongst other ability users. Aiden seemed to be doing better then before however; he didn't seem as close to the edge of his metaphorical cliff as he once did before, yet he wasn't exactly close from stepping off that ledge either. She could see the pure focus on whatever he decided to concentrate on, but he was still too frustrated with it all. He was still thinking about the negative, and she needed to get him completely off that topic. If she could get him to not have an outburst at this moment, she would consider that a win. And if not? Well this was a pretty damn good start.

"It's okay, don't be frustrated," she spoke softly, unfolding her hands from her lap and putting them behind her in order to shift her weight onto them.

As he told her the trick didnโ€™t work, she shook her head slightly as she said, "counting doesn't work for everyone, you just need to find your method," giving a slight lopsided smile.

The tiny smile turned into an amused grin at his later comments about her voice, and she couldnโ€™t help but let a little laugh escape her lips. โ€œItโ€™s the british accent isnโ€™t it? When I first came to America thatโ€™s all people ever told me, that my accent was either super weird or super cool. Granted, they were all little kids,โ€ she giggled on, remembering some of the more funnier encounters she had. Most adults ignored it of course, but little kids always seemed to speak their minds. She didnโ€™t care at all however. Despite being quite a young teenager herself when she arrived, she always loved little children. Their innocence was something she envied and barley ever had in her own childhood. Their thoughts were pure and untainted, which was a breath of cool ice air back when she couldnโ€™t stop connections. She preferred children's thoughts of candy or early morning saturday cartoons rather then the thoughts of people who were making their way homes from one night stands or ones who thought evil and gruesome things. Yet kids were always more inquisitive and sensitive to unusual things, so they would pick up on Winters own strangeness fairly quickly if they were around her long enough. They also never took issue in bringing it up.

โ€œOkay, I can do a story, just let me think,โ€ she said, as she glanced up instinctively towards the blue and slightly clouded sky. She needed to come up with something quickly, but it was proving hard to do so. She herself didnโ€™t have too many great memories, and those that were only lasted around a minute or more, not necessarily something that she could keep on talking about. She could come up with a story- but she was terrible at that. Her creativity dwindled as she got older, as a child she could come up with the most ridiculous yet creative tales, but now the best she could probably do was to come up with something about a dog who lost his ball and how thatโ€™s really just a metaphor for life. Which is really weird.

Finally a memory clicked to mind and a small gentle smile spread on her face.

โ€œOkay, I got one!โ€ She stated, half excitedly. โ€œAlright, so back when I was a kid I was pretty isolated in my house. It was a gated home, and the only people I ever saw were my parents and some of my dads, uhm, coworkers.โ€ She wasnโ€™t going to say his co workers were people who tested on her, no, she was going to try and keep this as light and happy as possible. โ€œAnyways, one day, I was five years old, I was left alone as Dad was at work and Mum was shopping, but I was at the kitchen table painting with some of the stuff my mother left me to be entertained with. My mom was an artist so it was the easiest thing for her to do for me.โ€ She did that a lot. โ€œAll of a sudden, there was this knocking sound on the window, and Iโ€™m a very jumpy person, so I screamed and fell off my chair. The paints came down with me, and I got blue all in my hair,โ€ she laughed lightly remembering the odd spectacle. โ€œAnyways, I looked at the window and theres a young boy, who was probably around my age at the time, peering in and staring at me with these huge blue eyes. I didnโ€™t know exactly how to react so I just kind of yelled from my spot on the floor, โ€˜Are you real?โ€™ To which he just nodded frantically in reply. It was just so weird to me, Iโ€™ve never met anyone remotely close to my age. I got up and ran outside just super eager, and I asked him how he got in past the gates. Turns out he was a good climber.โ€ She smiled, moving her hands back onto her lap where she twiddled her thumbs. โ€œI think of him as my first friend even though I donโ€™t even know his name. He told me he was on vacation in my city of Cambridge because his dad was doing a guest speaking at the university. When I said his voice sounded funny, he then informed me he lived in America. I guess he left early in the morning from his hotel to go exploring. I can only imagine now just how worried his parents must have been.โ€ Turns out he actually wasnโ€™t too far from his hotel. After Winters mother came home, she asked the young boy where he lived and he told her the name of the hotel. All she told Winter was that he did get back to his parents safety and that she shouldnโ€™t interact with any one ever again unless it was those sheโ€™d already been told she was allowed to. โ€œWe spent the whole day just running around my property, and broke some stuff by accident. I had a tire swing and we both sat on it, but the branch couldnโ€™t support both of us and it snapped. I got so scratched up, it was funny. In between all the dirt on my clothes and the paint in my hair, I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve ever been that dirty in my life.โ€ That reminded her of another thing she and the boy did. โ€œWe went inside eventually and I asked him if he wanted to paint. What we ended up doing is grabbing one of my mothers overly large canvases and we painted or hands, out feet and we splashed colours all over it, made a mess really. Thats when my mother finally came back and found us. I told him that he could keep the painting, so he took it with him when my mom went to take him to find his parents.โ€

She got in a lot of trouble afterwards, but that wasnโ€™t something she needed to go into detail about.

โ€œI donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve actually ever told anyone that storyโ€ฆโ€ She pointed out, trying to think back. No, that was a lie, she did. Lucien. But she wouldnโ€™t bring that up. Really, she never told anyone much about her past history. Chad knew most of what she dealt with as a kid. He was the only one who knew of what caused her parents to run of the road and die that night. It wasnโ€™t even something she was planning on telling him- she had fallen asleep on the couch beside him one night and started having nightmare about it, accidentally pulling him into it. That only proved to remind her why her bedroom was in the basement far apart from everyone elseโ€™s room. It allowed her to not be pulled into anyone dreams, or to pull anyone into hers. The Twins knew a bit about her past too but not in full detail. She never generally told stories like this though. It just never came up into conversation, and she never thought of it as something others would really want to know. She's told Danny a few silly things from her past or stupid things she's done in order to try to strike up conversation with him, but thats it.

Studying Aiden with an inquisitive look, she tried to assess how exactly well he was doing.

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Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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"Easy for you to say Daredevil, you're not the one with claustrophobia." Danny huffed, and folded his arms at Will saying it's funny when he ends up in a closet. Though Danny would admit it probably is funny, but for a guy with such a intense fear of the dark, and enclosed spaces....it's a nightmare. He shuttered at the mere thought of it. "Besides do you really wanna go there with the downsides of powers?" He smirked, thinking about how he can barely get into water. Though he didn't want to mention it, it seemed like a bit of a low blow to him.

When Will greeted Scarlett he turned to face her, and as before with Winter he began to get all nervous, and avoided eye contact like the plague. Robin's words earlier about him being brave rang in his ears. 'Come on Danny! You can teleport for God's sake, you can talk to one girl! Let's do this!' He mentally preped himself. "Um....H-h-hi.....Sc-c-c-carlett." He struggled to get out, and then he took a deep gulp. "I..I..uh...got a new b-b-book. It's....uh...2-2-2-206-61 Ody-yssey...Th-th-ree. It...not new new....just......t-t-o me. Ha-have y-you....read it?" He struggled, hoping that she understood that he got 2061: Odyssey Three.

Though it may not seem like, he does feel a bit more comfortable around Scarlett than the other girls. Maybe it's because they have a few similar interests, both like vintage things, and movies, and have a apprecation of art. Though he wouldn't call his photos art. But he was still pretty awkward around her. He took a big uncomfortable gulp, and tried to lift up his head to look at her, to no avil. He brought his mind off of her, and began wondering about how Aiden was handling things. He wishes he could do something to help the dude, but he's not quite sure what he can do. His powers are pretty different from his fire thing.

He managed to look over, and saw Chad dripping wet, and heading up stairs. He raised an eyebrow.

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XXXHer eyes opened when Chad put the chair in front of the hammock. Valerie looked at him as he spoke, her face remaining straight as he tried to almost persuade her to talk. She hadn't realized the vibe she had given off to others. Chad was much more talkative than a few. As he had to be if he was running the place with Winter. Unlike the idea of facilities, and having leaders - she didn't look to them like that. She saw them as mentors, even friends. It was hard to place such authority in people that were her own age. It took a lot to do what they were doing, the idea of being caught bone chilling. Simply, she respected them.
XXX"There's just nothing to say. Don't take it personally" her two sentences calmly rolled from her. The outstretched hand was ignored as she got to her feet, following him outside to see the spectacle that were his abilities.
XXXIt wasn't like she hadn't seen him do this before. She had an idea of everyone's powers. The one she hadn't really seen in action was Winter's. Though she had the idea that Winter used the ability far more than spoken of. As would Valerie is she had that gift. Instead she had life's energy to manipulate within herself.
XXXValerie stood in the grass as Chad raised his hands towards the sky. Moments later soft rain trickled down. All outside were caught in the small event. Valerie's pinned up hair began sticking to her, so she peeled the bandanna that kept her hair back, allowing the blonde waves to fall free. Looking to the new guy it seemed he enjoyed the spectacle.
XXXDespite getting wet she made no attempt to run out of the rain. It was something natural. For the most part at the moment. It was interesting to say the least, Chad's ability. The skies were always something she could get lost in. To control it was something she couldn't imagine.
XXXWhen the rain poured it's last drop Chad apologized. She waved it off, only nodding. Her wet hair dripping, as were her clothes. Before walking inside she took the moment to pause a small distance away from Winter and newbie.
XXX"Welcome to the house" the greeting didn't last long until she walked through the sliding glass doors back into the house. Slipping off her shoes on the small mat, Valerie wrung out her hair slightly on it as well. She shook her head to get back the natural flow of it. Inside was the sound of guitar and the chattering of others.
XXXValerie moved past them all to the hallway into her room to find new things to wear. She'd rather not get everything wet. The girl slipped on sweatpants instead figuring they wouldn't leave the house for the remainder of the day. She sat down on her bed, pulling her guitar from the corner, plucking away at the strings. She played with an absent mind, the song Wonderwall. Even if others thought she wasn't the happiest, or the friendliest - she was far more content than any probably realized.



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Will didn't notice Chad being wet, though he had briefly seen the rain outside in the waves of rain. Robin on the other hand, stifled a laugh as Chad walked in soaking wet. He didn't come back down and Will informed him that Chad was upstairs reading.

Robin looked to Will and shrugged with a smile. Chad did as he pleased, Robin did as he pleased. Will did as he pleased when he could and basically everyone did what they felt like.

When Danny asked about the downsides of powers, Will let it roll of his shoulders. Yeah, he couldn't get into water if he wanted to be able to see. But at least his powers let him see at all. He didn't like being entirely blind, it made him dizzy and sick and horrible.

Robin shrugged slightly at the comment as he began messing with one of the pencils on the counter with one hand. He didn't mind the water thing. He didn't like that he couldn't swim without concentrating, but he could. Will was lucky he could focus his electricity so he could wash his hands and stuff while seeing, but Robin had to be careful. He couldn't have electricity in his lower body whatsoever if he wanted to wash his hands. But he could see. So that was good.

Danny seemed to have taken some of Rob's advice and he smiled proudly, like a big, proud brother. He moved slightly and winced. William noticed it right away and frowned immediately. He motioned to go down the hall and Robin shook his head slightly. They'd do it later, when it wouldn't be so suspicious.

William struck up another song on his guitar and smiled as his fingers found the chords easily, knowing what to press down to make what sound he needed. Robin smiled at his brother even though he couldn't see it.

Winter made another appearance and was soaking wet which caused Robin to go ahead and chuckle. When Winter called for Chad, Will made a wide eyed face. "Oh, someone's in trouble," He stated with a laugh. Robin outright laughed at that comment.

The two leaned back in their chairs, Will looking to Robin with a questioning glance though Robin just shook his head again before heading to his room to grab one of his favorite books. William sighed before relenting and leaning back in his chair more comfortably. Their lives were pretty boring ever since they came to Safe Haven, but that was sometimes a good thing. Boring could be good.

When Robin reappeared, he sat down and began rereading one of his favorite books. He had once lent it to the household and within, discovered a note that stated what the day's chores and activities were, reminding Robin of the need to know what was going on. He refrained from leaning his entire body back, instead tilting his head back and calling, "Winter, do we have plans for today yet or are we just winging things again?"

William looked considering before he called, "We should get take out food. Like, Chinese. Or pizza. Both are good." He smiled at his thoughts before adjusting the sharpness of one cord before playing it and smiling at the fixed result.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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Scarlett slightly shrugged when Will asked what her drawing was about and made her way over to the fridge. She opened it and took out what she wanted which was the bottle of cranberry juice. "I don't know, something weird from a dream of mines." she answered him while pouring herself a glass. The blonde walked back over to the table and sat down pulling off her glasses and rubbing her forehead before taking a big gulp of the refreshing juice. "Um....H-h-hi.....Sc-c-c-carlett." Her head rose from her glass to look at Danny with a smile. "Hey, what's up?" Honestly Scar knew that the boy could be nervous around the ladies but she really didn't mind at all, he was a sweet kid.

"I..I..uh...got a new b-b-book. It's....uh...2-2-2-206-61 Ody-yssey...Th-th-ree. It...not new new....just......t-t-o me. Ha-have y-you....read it?" Scarlett slowly nodded as she thought about the book he was talking about. "Yeah, actually I think I have." she took another sip of her juice while twirling her pencil in between her fingers. "Arthur C. Clarke right? His third book in his little space series no?" A soft smile appeared on her lips. "It's a good book, anyhow have you taken any new pictures lately?" she asked curiously. Scarlett's attention way taken away though by a wet Chad who made his way up the steps then Val passing behind him down the hall. Just like Danny her eyebrow quirked upward in confusion. "Huh," Her gaze went over to the kitchen window and saw all the skies grey with clear droplets pouring down. "It's raining? I was just out there and it looked fine . . ."

Realization kicked in when Winter walked in also dripping wet, Chad's dead, she thought before returning Winter's greeting. "Morning you soggy british biscuit." Scarlett laughed a bit, it was a tease, a loving one from the bottom of her heart because she loved messing with the one person that was basically a sister to her. As soon as Winter left the room Scar nudged Will. "He's totally dead." she laughed. To her surprise though Chad made it back downstairs a couple of minutes in one piece.

"Oh man, I thought you'd be dead for sure!" the blonde chuckled before finishing off her juice. "How'd you get away? You must tell me your secret so I can use it the next time me and Winter get into a fight." she teased. She observed the whole conversation between the twins before she cut in at the end with a clap of her hands and a swift point of her finger toward them. "There ya go, I want out too." Her feet planted themselves steadily on the floor before she stood up, she placed her hand lightly on Danny's head and softly ruffled his hair. "I bet Danny agrees to, right Danny?"

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Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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Aiden walked back into the house after Winter had, just as soaked as any who were out there during the spontaneous shower. He was hesitant and a bit nervous as he entered the general vicinity of those hanging out in and around the kitchen, forcing him to slow down into something of a shy pace, his head slightly lowered as he approached them, finally stopping, and after a few seconds of waiting for them to finish talking to one another, spoke up upon seeing Chad come back downstairs. Winter and Valerie had still yet to resurface, but he figured this was as good a chance to apologize as any.

"Um..." he hummed, shifting his eyes to and fro between each of them. "I... I just wanted to say 'sorry' for..." He paused again, not sure how to label it, and so he simply just pointed with a thumb behind him, indicating the backyard. "That," he gave them a wry chuckle, as if to lighten the air over the topic. "Almost threatening to burn the place down doesn't make a very good first impression, does it..." He smiled, again wryly, never keeping his eyes on any of theirs more than a few seconds before switching to another pair. "I mean, I didn't even get a chance to introduce myself. Name's Aiden, by the way. And as I'm sure most of you likely noticed..." He paused again, looking behind him to the backdoor for a second before turning to face them once more, giving a bit of a shrug. "I kinda...set things on fire."

As far as first-time introductions went, this was Aiden's best, worst, and most peculiar -- all wrapped in the same package. In the past, had Aiden shown an accidental display of his powers to anyone, he would have had to bail on them immediately, whether he'd already introduced himself or not. However, he was adamant in never having messed up so badly that he had to leave before giving them his name. That made this specific situation a rather strange one to him. He wasn't used to not taking off at the first sign of a flame, for one thing; he wasn't used to anyone not thinking it was 'abnormal' or 'scary' that he could possibly and quite literally catch on fire upon the slightest amount of discomfort. But that's why he was so embarrassed -- so nervous -- talking to them like this. And Aiden loved it. He certainly wasn't showing it, on account of just how nervous he was coming off, but Aiden was happy. Making a friend in Winter, no one acting afraid of him when he caught fire, not having to run away after they did, feeling embarrassed over openly apologizing to them because of it-- feeling nervous, not from fearing them finding out about what he really is, not because he doesn't want to accidentally cause them harm or grief, but because they were new people that he wanted to befriend. It was the most normal he'd felt in years...

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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Danny nodded to confirm that it was Arthur C. Clarke who wrote the book in question. "Few...new p-p-p-ictures. L-last night. S-stars....and stuff." Danny stated as he struggled to get out. He turned to face Winter, and Aiden as they were soaked as well. He glanced outside to see it was drizzling. "Chad." Danny concluded. He wondered if he did it on purpose, or if it was on accident. He slightly jumped at Scarlett clapping to interrupt the twins. He lightly groaned as she ruffled his hair as if he was a child. He's only the youngest by a year after all, but sometimes it feels as if it's like ten. He nodded to agree with Scarlett about ordering out.

He restraightened his hair, and watched as Aiden apologized for his actions, thinking it wildly unnecessary, and uneeded. He remembers when he first arrived here as well, and how little, or less, control he had on his powers as well. Danny quickly teleported over to Aiden, and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. "N-no worries.....I u-used t-t-to....pop i-in pe-peoples beds a-at night. I u-used to tel-teleport during m-m-m-my sleep." He stated, hoping it might make him feel better. He teleported again, returning to his previous spot.

"I-I-I could p-pop into town.....for...um...food." Danny stated. It'd only take a few teleports before he'd be in town. Sometimes it's handy to be able to teleport, as he'll never need a car. "A-Aiden c-ould come. See t-the town. I-if he wants." He added. Though he wasn't sure how much of the town the pryo saw before he got there. "P-pizza s-sounds good. B-but it's u-up to you g-g-guys." He voiced his opinion. Of course he'd just go along with whatever they decided. He's not one to rock the boat after all.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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"No!" She sputtered out, holding her hand out and shaking it, "no, you don't have to get rid of it," she murmured, lowering her tone of voice a bit. She was pretty sure most of Lucine's other stuff was on the property, so one single book wasn't a big deal. She wasn't going to get rid of perfectly good things that he had used within the house during his time here. That seemed too extreme, considering others could use it and recycle it for their own. She just wouldn't be one of those people who did. Maybe.

Eyeing the floor as he spoke, she started gnawing on her lip when she thought back to what did bring Lucien to the house. She knew Chad knew what happened, why he was at the sea in the first place, but wasn't too sure if Lucien himself told the other residents of the house. It wasn't necessarily for her to tell. It was his story after all.

It was all by chance, meeting Lucien and bringing him to the haven. She had been down by her designated spot at the harbor, going there after having one of her worse nightmares. She didn't bring anything with her. Not her drawing materials, or music, she just sat there and stared at the larger than usual waves. She wasn't even paying much attention to her surroundings, only to what was placed in front of her in the ultimate picturesque scene, but then... something happened. She didn't even know anyone was around her until her mind, as it does, slipped into someone else's. She was surprised, she had better control than that over her powers usually, but between her own high running emotions and the obvious ones the boy was experiencing, it just happened naturally. But she didn't expect to see what she saw. Instead of the sleepy early morning thoughts most humans had, that either contemplated the wisest things in the world, or thought about the most primal things, his was repeated on a recurring memory. All Winter saw was flames, and screaming, and she could feel the loneliness the boy felt, She could feel his want to just end it all, see why he came to the rocky waters. She could see him mimic other peoples powers in that god forsaken test lab, and she spurted out what she did practically every god damn time, always feeling embarrassed of it afterwards. "you're one of us!" Seriously, who says that, she always sounded like some crazy person when she did. But, the things that happened afterwards went pretty fast She explained to him what she was, and what she was doing there. What and who was in the harbor, and then just invited him to stay. Imagine everyones shock when Winter showed up at the door with another person. Usually she had some warnings to give to the house as to who she and Chad was tracking, who was bringing in, but this was just as spontaneous as the boy, Lucien's, nature.

She knew about his past, so she knew where his hatred of humans could stem from what was done to him. She just had no idea what set him off, what made him do what he did. "I guess..." she mumbled again, with a small shrug of her shoulders at his statement. She should have seen he could have ended up this way. It would have saved all of them a lot of pain and time.

Leaning into his hug, she still kept her own arms wrapped around herself. "My backs fine, just have to make sure to sleep on my side." She smiled weakly. The incident occurred almost a year ago, but her back still never healed right. It healed enough so there was no infection or severe muscle damage, but she really should have seen a doctor instead of just having a healer go at it. She didn't car, however. How was she supposed to explain what had happened to a doctor? Not that she would have gone anyways. In all honesty she didn't care much about what happened to her back that night, if it hadn't have been her, he probably would have struck Chad with the knife with a more fatal wound than what he gave her. There was no regret in what she did.

Letting out a weak chuckle at his statement, she turned her head slightly to see him walk out of his room. Pacing around for a couple of seconds, she flopped herself onto his bed, and opened the book he had to a random page, tracing her dainty fingers over the off-white pages. Flipping to the last page, she eyed it without reading, as she never fully finished her books. She never ever read the last pages, so the story never ended. In a moment of instinctive action, she ripped the page out of the book and folded it neatly, tucking it up her sleeve. Chad, if he ever finished the book, would know where to find it. Winter just would keep it safe with her. A momento of sorts.

Making her way down the steps, to her surprise seeing everyone but the ominous Val, she kept silent as she listened to them talk. They acted as if they were forcibly kept in the house, which in reality, was not even remotely true. It was kind of funny seeing them this way. It really did make them seem like a family.

"There's not much to do in town for fun," she pointed out, "we could go to the beach or to the little shopping village," she suggested, to those who looks like puppies desperate to go on a walk. In all honestly, she wouldn't mind at all herself, as long as it wasn't over crowded. They could also afterwards have dinner, as the pizza Danny suggested sounded awesome, and just chill around, introducing themselves to Aiden. Some peoples powers took more explanation than others, but it was all fair for everyone in the house to know of each other abilities and such. As for knowing each other histories however, that was a matter of trust.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Scarlett Van Houten Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis Character Portrait: Chad Hughes

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Will smiled only slightly when Scarlett stated that. He hated when people wouldn't describe things to him. He knew it wasn't Scarlett's fault that she didn't know this, only Robin did, but it didn't make him feel any better. He couldn't even muster up a sarcastic remark, instead falling silent except for the soft guitar playing.

Robin took a look at the drawing before touching Will's arm that was offered. Robin and Will are silent a moment before Will nods his understanding and relaxes slightly. It was a blessing that the two could talk without talking. It kept things that embarrassed both boys from being announced, which was so very important.

Will and Robin both smiled without looking up from their hobbies as they listened to Danny and Scarlett interacting. The two were both interested in getting girlfriends though neither were really interested in any of the girls in the house that way. Will had been dating someone for a while until they broke up around a year ago. He wasn't necessarily ready for a new girlfriend, but Robin was. He wasn't hunting for one, but he wasn't ignoring girls either.

Robin and Will shook their heads at Scarlett's question, instead stating simply that it was Chad. When Scarlett, moments later, ruffled Danny's hair, both boys winced inwardly. They weren't sure who Danny liked, but if it was Scarlett, it was clear to both boys she wasn't interested in the youngest of the household. It was strange, Will and Robin weren't the oldest, but they were the third and forth longest guests at Safe Haven, loosing the challenge only to Winter and Chad, two of the founders.

Aiden entered after Winter and stood soaking in the kitchen area. Will was careful to keep himself distanced from Aiden though since Robin was on the other side of the table, he wasn't as obvious to his being careful. Both refrained from moving for a moment while they concentrated until both relaxed visibly. If Aiden cared or asked about it later, they'd tell him why, but it didn't seem to be the right time as of right then.

When Aiden began speaking bout nearly burning the place down, both Will and Robin smiled and tried to conceal a few of their giggles before giving up and just laughing. Robin shook his head slightly as he moved his back again, stating, "Dude, don't worry." Winter and him. Winter by accident, him deliberately. Thank whoever watched over the world that the attack hadn't been three inches to the left, lest Robin wasn't there.

"Yeah Aiden, really. Robin and I nearly burned down the house when we arrived. We didn't know how to control ourselves and kind of, might have, lit the... Um... Kitchen on fire... We put it out though. Nothing happened really," Will stated with a smile as his tone slowed slightly and his tone became reminiscent. They all nodded when Aiden said he could set things on fire, knowing perfectly well what he could do without even having really talked to him about it.

Both Will and Robin were chill, neither really judging Aiden. Robin was studying him openly over his book, not really caring what he thought about the open staring. It was only that he wanted to be sure this guy was good, not bad, and nothing like certain people he knew and was thinking of. Will on the other had, was able to tilt his head back and let Robin make the decision on whether or not Aiden was cool or not. He was a better judge of character usually.

When Danny suggested pizza, both twins nodded and gave a chorus of "Sounds good", "I like pizza", and "Only if we go to the best pizza place near us". The group would know what pizza place they were referring to, neither actually knew the name, just referenced it as that. Will watched as Winter flopped on her bed before standing up a little bit later and coming downstairs.

Will gave Winter a wink before strumming on his guitar crazily and finishing, setting the guitar on the table then. He relaxed, smiling contently at his satisfaction of playing. Will and Robin both nodded as they listened to Winter, not even looking up from their nods. When she was done talking, Will leaned over and put his hand on Robin's shoulder so he would have to move again. The two nodded, looking each other in they eyes before sitting back again.

"We have decided we both would like to go to the beach tomorrow and the shopping village today. That's where the best pizza place ever is anyway," Will stated with confidence as if it was a congressional meeting. Robin nodded his agreement as he attempted to stand, paused in pain, then moved on. His face did little to reveal what was going on, only going blank for a moment before standing.

"Hey Will, come on, I'll help you download those books on your phone before we head out. We can meet you all down at the shopping place in half an hour if you feel like it," Robin declared as he motioned for Will to join him, leaving his book behind as he began down the hall. Will stood, nodding, smiling, giving a little excited wave goodbye, then heading down the hall with his guitar. He made sure to nonchalantly grab the bandages, sneaking it into his pocket and hoping nobody noticed. If they asked, he sprained his shoulder.

Will entered their shared room a minute later to see Robin sitting on a chair the wrong way. He wasn't wearing his shirt anymore, the thing tossed on the ground. Will could tell it was wet though he was sure nobody else could tell since it was the same color as Robin's blood. Robin was shuddering and shivering, freezing and hoping his back would stop burning. It wasn't just on hi back though, it wrapped from the middle of his back down to the right and ended right above his right hip bone near his stomach.

"Sh*t Robin. Why can't we just tell Winter? You know I can't tell where it opens with so much blood," Will stated, running his hands through his hair after tossing his guitar on his bed. Robin sighed, his breathing ragged.

"We can't Will, you know it as well as I do. She'd freak. She wouldn't do anything. I can't go to the hospital, and whatever is making it stay so long needs me to go there. It's easier to just deal with it," He groaned out softly. Will nodded slightly, sighing himself. He really didn't want to make Robin go to the hospital. They both got treated terribly, Robin especially. Normally, they were last to be seen when it was an emergency, even though others came in after them and their emergency was bigger, they were last, because they were supernatural. It sucked.

Will stood behind Robin as he tried to discern where the cut was again, not seeing the gruesome colors and torn skin, only the blood everywhere on Robin and the general area of the cut. He took deep breaths as he went to grab a wet washcloth and began washing Robin's cut. It was bleeding a lot more as of recently. Just yesterday they had to wrap it twice. Today, they'd wrap it twice again. Probably the time they were doing it now, and later that night when the bandage was soaked through again.

Two or three minutes later, Will heard the door creak, but didn't look up right away, busy with trying to gently probe Robin's back to find the cut without making his brother scream in pain. He was holding it in, biting down on a sleeve of one of his shirts as he struggled to keep silent. Blood was all over Will's arms from his clumsy movements with the inability to see where his hands were moving, only being able to feel since he couldn't channel electricity though them in order to avoid shocking him or Robin from the wet blood. Robin was drenched in sweat from controlling his electricity so carefully and the pain.

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Character Portrait: Valerie Weiss Character Portrait: Winter Blake Character Portrait: Danny Griffin Character Portrait: Aiden Connors Character Portrait: Robin Lewis Character Portrait: William Lewis

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Watching everyone's individual reaction to his apology, which they all seemed to just wave off as unnecessary, Aiden stood there with an amused smile on his face. Danny suddenly popped over to his side, although he was far more used to it than the first time. He turned his head to face him as he fumbled around his words, the hand on his shoulder feeling comforting indeed, before he whisked off back to his starting position. Robin and Will were more unforgiving in their inability to control their laughter, which made Aiden, too, laugh a little. They explained how little easy they themselves had it when first arriving. Aiden was glad he hadn't lit the kitchen on fire as they had, because fortunately for everyone there, it would have been a thousand times worse...

Everyone appeared to be left with the decision of whether to go to the beach or the shopping village nearby. Beaches weren't ordinarily Aiden's scene, but then again, he'd never really had the chance in the past, so it was safe to say that he was looking forward to giving it a go. He threw in his vote, but made sure to mention that whatever everyone else wanted to do was okay with him in the end. It was then that Robin mentioned something about downloading some books for Will before they all head out, leaving the book he was reading behind. Aiden's eye was attracted to its familiar cover, and upon closer inspection, he discovered that he had in fact read it before. A smile appearing on his face, he picked the book up and gave it a once-over, looking at both the cover and back while reminiscing over his time with it.

Aiden had the sudden idea that he could use this opportunity to try getting to know the twins a little better, and he wanted to thank them for being so friendly anyway. Thus, he announced that he was going to chase after them and make sure Robin wouldn't forget where he'd placed his book, and took off up the stairs, giving Winter a smile as he passed her, letting her know that he was in fact feeling much better now.

He reached the top of the stairs and looked around at the doors placed on either side of the reasonably long hallway in front of him. A frown formed on his face as he realized he didn't actually know which door belonged to the twins' room, forcing him to shrug and figure he'd just knock on each one until either they answered or someone else did. Aiden wasn't actually too sure about how many people lived in the house, but if it were everyone he'd seen, then that meant there would only be a total of 3 people currently upstairs, not including himself, of course. He walked up to the first door on the left and gave it a light tap with his knuckles, asking if anyone was in. Upon not getting an answer after a few seconds, he then moved onto the next. Eventually, he found his way to what turned out to be Valerie's room.

"Oh," said Aiden, having not expected to get her room before the twins'. "Sorry. I didn't mean to bother you-- I was actually looking for Robin and Will's room... but I still haven't taken a tour of the house, so..." He gave out a wry chuckle, trying to come off as normal he could over such a normal situation, which was, admittedly, very abnormal for Aiden. "Robin kinda forgot his book downstairs and I just wanted to make sure he didn't lose it," he paused, holding up the book in question and giving it a little shake. "It's a good book, after all..." Giving another curt laugh, Aiden suddenly felt very awkward standing face-to-face with this incredibly quiet girl, who had yet to utter a single word. It didn't help that he found her rather stunning to look at, which was something the boy rarely ever gave much thought toward. Thoughts on the opposite sex only ever came up when he found himself in situations like these. He was beginning to fear he might start having trouble getting his words out as Danny had whenever he spoke up around girls. What with how many of them there were living under the same roof, not to mention how each of them were all good looking, Aiden didn't necessarily blame the guy. Far from it; he understood him quite well.

"So..." he continued, the awkward silence between them growing to be too much for him to handle. "Could you maybe...point me in the right direction, or...?" He trailed off, hoping beyond hope that she would choose that moment to finally chime in.