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Donovan Greene Katenka

"Forgive those who hardly deserve to be forgiven, and you'll find yourself either an ally or the man who lies defeated at his enemy's feet."

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a character in “We Are Refuge”, as played by Nephthys

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Donovan Greene Katenka


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"It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system."

— John Steinbeck






ImageRole: The Dreamweaver - Illusionist.

Gender: Male.

Age: 23.

Physical Description: Slim and gentle-figured, Donovan is more a swimmer than a runner, though he's not the most muscular of people, regardless. He stands at 5'8'' and weighs 146 pounds, appearing neither too thin nor too thick. He has somewhat broad shoulders and a narrow waist that can give a generally balletic appearance. Paired with the makeup of his hands— small-wristed with large palms and long, tapered fingers, the nails of which are perpetually chipped— he can seem almost feminine at times. Donovan leaves his hair somewhere between his chin and his shoulders, letting it fall into its natural curls and waves and taking to it little more than a comb and some water in the mornings. Physically, he has a clean-enough overall appearance that he can afford to play with the longer hair and some stubble.

Donovan's appearance, it seems, is one of a man of balances: masculine and feminine, clean-cut and rough-around-the-edges. Everything, from his eyebrows to his decidedly hazel-green eyes, seems to balance something else out. He has a straight, somewhat prominent nose passed down from his father and his mother's wide smile. His facial structure, though not sharply defined, is well-situated and sits well with his overall appearance. Donovan's skin tone lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, neither particularly fair nor noticeably dark. He has both Russian and Scottish blood in him, but the Russian takes slightly more prevalence in his facial features and the Scottish in his hair. It's lamentably thin and can look limp and somewhat strange, given the wrong weather. Also paying homage to his Scottish ancestors is the fact that he sunburns unfortunately quickly without sunscreen or shade. As mentioned, he isn't particularly pale, but he's more one to burn than carry a tan. The upside of having 'sensitive' skin like his is that he could probably grow a respectable beard without much trouble if he wanted to.

Of course, that's when all's going well. There are times, especially when the bills are getting bad, that he'll start to forgo certain things. His clothes can appear stiffer from time to time when they're washed in a sink to avoid the heat and the gallons of water, and sometimes the only clean clothes he'll have will, though once a stark, chemical white, be something around the color of dishwater in hue. "At least it matches my eyes," he'd joke, although it's sometimes very unfortunately true.

Fashion Taste: He tries to dress classy, but he's a man on a budget. Donovan will often be found in third-or-more-hand blazers, bargain bin white shirts, and slacks he arguably pulled out of a dumpster, but when he's wearing a tie, it's off by noon, and he's a habitual unbuttoner of collars that are meant to stay up. Having lived in Minnesota temperatures most of his life, it's not uncommon to find him with a heavy coat and a beanie over everything. He's a lover of knockoff Ray-Bans and wears nothing but boots as his shoes of choice, having paid patronage to the same Wal-Mart for them since he can remember. If he ever wears anything other than his usual uniform, it's plaid and cargo pants. But that's an if.

Face Claim: Ben Barnes.


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ImageSkills:
    [+] Liar, Liar, Take Me Higher. Playing into his illusionist's ability, Donovan is a skilled actor, charmer, or manipulator— whatever you'll call it. He's used to getting what he wants no matter what it takes. Often the last suspect to come into the equation, it's as though he can silver-tongue his way out of anything. He has a way with words and can mold his face into any expression he needs, be it a grin or a grimace. That said, with great power comes great responsibility: it's easy to guilt Donovan after he's done something bad, and after the most swaying of performances he feels the impulse to apologize for what he's done even if others would never have expected him to need to. He's also a master of mocking voices and accents.

    [+] Live and Let Be. Regardless of how he has been wronged, Donovan has a tendency to forget past conflicts and reach for something better and more productive. He forgives easily, and because of this he often makes himself vulnerable around people he shouldn't. He's a pacifist by nature, friendly and avoiding conflict at all cost. If he must be driven to conflict, he himself will be extremely conflicted inside about doing so. Immediately afterwards, his impulse is to attempt to reconcile both sides and to try to start anew. It's earned him a good many scars.

    [+] A Hunter's Step. Donovan has a light footprint, be it on the earth or in a relationship. He's a remarkably gentle person and can't bring himself to harm or injure— a manifestation of his politer side. Having lived just outside the city most of his life, he's experienced with firearms and knives and knows a surprising lot about hunting for someone so adamant about animal rights.

    [+] Life Like a Song Provided he sets the words to music or at least has it playing in the background, Donovan is able to memorize any number of texts word-for-word with almost impeccable recall. To recall the information, however, he needs to at least hum the song again.


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Weaknesses:
    [+] A Gentleman's Creed. Donovan is extremely polite. Under many circumstances, possessing such a trait is hardly a weakness, but the fact that Donovan is inescapably kind to every person he comes across has landed him in more trouble than it's worth. Donovan will always, without fail, stop for the street rat on the side of the road or hand the poor prostitute his pocket change when she saunters up to him on his way home. In this way, he's a bit of a sucker, guilted easily into giving what little he has to anyone who can strike his pity.

    [+] A Duty of Truth. Though Donovan is extremely good at lying, his honest nature never truly lets away with deceiving someone, especially if it would hurt another. Every time he lies, he's compelled to apologize and rectify his mistake. If he doesn't, the guilt eats away at him for as long as he remembers the situation. In essence, Donovan can lie well, but he can't actually lie.

    [+] Faith and Smoke. As a person who, himself, doesn't tend to stay a liar for long, Donovan is quick to trust others and is often led astray because of it. He's earnest but gullible, eager to do the right thing but too often fooled into doing something he'll feel awful about for days on end. He's sure to make himself a trustworthy person, and, on some level, he expects others to do the same.

    [+] What Journey of a Man. It's not that Donovan doesn't receive the attentions of women— in fact, some would say he's quite well-off, in terms of both looks and personality (provided he's been able to wash his clothes in the last month). That said, he's afraid of of building anything more than a platonic relationship with a woman because he worries that he'll end up hurting her despite any precautions he might take. One thing he hates is to see pain in others, and even worse would be to be the one causing it.


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    [+] Sorry's a Promise. If he's learned from years at the bottom of the barrel, it's that everyone's deserving of respect. Because of this, Donovan apologizes like no other man. Some have joked that it's because he's Minnesotan, which is damn near close enough to Canadian, but it's less his local identity and more his upbringing that's made him as seemingly self-conscious as he is today. He's easily guilted, and when he feels he's done wrong, Donovan will attempt to rectify the situation by any means available, apologizing all the while.

    [+] Ink is My Legacy. Donovan's hands are constantly written-on with reminders for the day. Though he can memorize vast quantities of text at will, he has a tough time remembering the little things if he doesn't jot them down. He's often been told to buy a notebook, but hands are more convenient— and they're hopefully always there.

    [+] One-Track Train Tracks. Donovan is obsessive about whatever he's thinking of, working at it until he's finished and then moving straight to the next task. He's a terrible multitasker, but if he's asked to do something, he'll get it done. With that in mind, he tends to want things done here and now, making him a bit impatient and pushy, at times. Additionally, because of this, he's hard to sway with seduction, as he's usually busy with other things.

    [+] Sleepyhead. Donovan is the master of falling asleep in inappropriate places. Be it a roof, a tree, on horseback, or on the tip of an iceberg, he's probably fallen asleep there. He's a light sleeper, so he doesn't stay put for more than four hours at a time. Paired with his obsessive nature, he makes a fine watchdog.

    [+] Let it Be. Animals instinctively hate him because he, according to them (but thankfully, not people), smells like cats, but Donovan has a soft spot for animals he's never quite been able to shake. Animal abuse both pisses him off and sickens him.


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      [+] Being outside in the sun.
      [+] Climbing things and being in high places.
      [+] Napping— preferably while doing any of the previous.
      [+] Cats and other small, furry things.
      [+] Being in the company of friends.
      [+] Exploring and seeing new things.
      [+] Swimming.
      [+] Being warm.
    Dislikes:

      [+] Being woken up.
      [+] Being preached to.
      [+] Confined spaces.
      [+] Seeing people hurt.
      [+] Having to compromise for no good reason.
      [+] Being stuck, literally or figuratively.
      [+] The dark.
      [+] Being completely ignored.
      [+] Strictly conservative rules and families.
    Fears:

      [+] Whores. He can't trust girls who hurt themselves like that.
      [+] Hurting someone he loves.
      [+] Losing himself in all his illusions.
      [+] Not being able to ever stop running.
      [+] Losing his mind.
      [+] Digging himself into a hole he can't crawl out of.
      [+] Becoming a villain in the eyes of others.
      [+] Dying without something to leave behind.
      [+] Getting drunk and losing control of himself.



    Personality: Donovan is a kind man, never without a smile or a compliment to dish out. Regardless of who he actually sides with, he dreams of peace between the warring, doing his best to get along well with everyone he meets. Because of this, it may seem as though he's easily used because of what might seem to be a desire to please, but one should be warned: he's stubborn in his patience, and he knows what he wants. Though he's kind, it is a somewhat selfish desire; his own happiness depends on that of the others around him. That said, it's not hard to make him feel guilty about almost anything he's done. If he's determined, playing on his soft heart is the way to lead him astray. If he sees unfairness, he'll rectify it; if it's pointed out to him, he's trusting enough to do the same without a second thought. Though he's not the strongest of the group in terms of physical prowess, he's skilled in shooting and swaying hearts to stop fighting. He prefers the latter, of course.

    Additionally, Donovan is something of a rugged, dogged soul, used to taking abuse both physically and mentally. He can spring back from any insult, and he himself isn't hurt easily— though any hint of unfairness, sexism or other kind of prejudice will set him off like a match to fireworks. Donovan has a masterful attention span and doesn't give up easily; everything he does, he wants to do well and thoroughly, leaving no corner unsanded and no stone unturned. This can sometimes lead him to go too far, risking himself and others for the sake of some other cause. When the good of one against the good of many are pitted against each other, Donovan may have a tough time deciding between the two.

    Surprisingly, for all the kindness in his heart, Donovan has had little experience with women. He's made a good many friends over the years, but nothing has ever quite lead to romance. Donovan isn't the most romantic of people, letting his feelings show through in acts of caring and nothing more. The few times he has begun to fall for a woman, it showed itself subtly, through flowers and words that put a smile on her face. Donovan puts no one before anyone else, so letting love show through his strict equality is something of a challenge for him. Because of this, his feelings and his relationships alike rarely extend beyond platonic. He doesn't fall in love easily, and even when he does, he feels that the best way to go about it is to collide gently as individuals, even if it is slow, rather than sweeping her off her feet before she's ready.

    As for his abilities, Donovan, for now, uses them sparingly. He feels dirty inside when he lies to people. Though he has the ability to create sights and sensations at will, he has promised himself that he's never to be corrupted by his own power, lest he use it for less-than-pure reasons. He sometimes has trouble grappling with what he is, as the very thought of an illusionist is built on the concept of a lie. He prefers to live his life as a human, even if he does live poor-and-cheap, scrounging up what he can between paychecks. When his work as a magician is truly scarce, he takes to performing in the park, which can turn out a surprising amount of profit in a single day.



    History: Donovan Greene Katenka was born in the earliest days of the year century to a Russian expatriate and his Minnesotan wife in a tiny town just northwest of the Twin Cities. Compared to his father, a towering man built for temperatures that could freeze spit before it hit the ground, Donovan was a tiny boy, taking more after his more diminutive, mild-mannered mother in terms of appearance. Despite his size, however, Donovan was raised a resourceful and hardy child, learning to fend for himself and his father through hunting at a young age in the sparse, deserted woods on the outskirts of town. His father was a stern man who grew kinder with drink, and he, though an imposing figure, was forgiving beyond his appearance after years in a Siberian prison he wouldn't speak of. Donovan doesn't know to this day what crime his father was sentenced for, but conditions in the prison were harsh enough to leave him dreaming each day of escape across Alaska to the other side of the country. He lived out his sentence, and in time, he brought himself to move first to Canada and then to the United States.

    Donovan was a seemingly plain child in his early years, taking after his mother with his mild temperament. He enjoyed reading over her shoulder and following her around the house, taking part in whatever pint-sized chores his hands could manage. As a child, he grew especially close with those around him, and, as such, he learned early on the need to respect and care for. He kept to himself, for the most part— although he loved to tell stories.

    Things started to change when Donovan was five. He'd learned to read the summer of the previous year, and he was about to leave nursery school when he caught the scorn of his teacher. Day in and day out, he spoke with imaginary friends, rarely socializing with the other children and instead keeping to himself and the friends only he could see. When the teacher called him over to talk about his social mores, he only stared at her quizzically, as though she were the odd one out for calling his friends imaginary. Sighing, the teacher simply passed him off as an especially imaginative child and moved on.

    The problems began to come when Donovan didn't grow out of his phase of 'seeing things.' The 'things' had become more numerous over the years, expanding to a range of cats, songbirds, people, and a menagerie of other creatures over the years. He'd refuse to accept they weren't real and even lapse out of reality, at times, eventually leading psychologists to a conclusion that the boy was afflicted with childhood-onset schizophrenia. As he wasn't suffering from psychoses, he wasn't medicated, at the time, but his parents continued to attempt to convince him that the world that hung just beyond his gaze wasn't real.

    On his twelfth birthday, his mind was set on proving them wrong. The creatures in his imagination had begun to speak to him, telling him that if he thought hard enough they would become real. He pushed them off for days, then weeks, then months until he was surrounded by family on his birthday. It was on that day that they shouted the loudest, and it was on that day that his 'illusions' first appeared to those around him. Only Donovan's mother, father, aunts, cousins, and uncles paid witness to the strange apparitions that appeared that day, but it hasn't been spoken of since. After the occurrence, Donovan, much to his lament, began to drift farther and farther apart from his family and peers. He spent his teenage years in near solitude, speaking only with the people he imagined and bringing himself the camaraderie of scents, sights, and sounds only he could feel. With time and practice, the involuntary illusions affecting only Donovan began to fade, leaving him decidedly not schizophrenic and very much the shunned young man of the small town.

    Donovan just barely graduated and moved away the first chance he got. With neither the money nor the will to pursue college, he took up life as a performer, and for the past five years he's made somewhat of a name for himself as a magician and an illusionist, creating a show of sights and sounds for the enjoyment of the masses. He's long since convinced himself that it's not wrong to use his abilities if it gives others delight, and stimulating the parts of his brain that create the illusions enough keep his hallucinations at bay. He's been just barely eking out a living for himself, but he's fine with himself the way that he is— even if he is being somewhat constantly found out and chased.



    Equipment:

      [+] A deck of completely legitimate playing cards, used for performing card tricks.
      [+] An extremely worn-out tie.
      [+] A wallet containing only coupons and cash.
      [+] A small pocket underneath his clothes containing emergency cash and coupons.
      [+] A knife, with which he also performs illusions. It's old, cheap, and dull.
      [+] His (free) public bus pass.
      [+] His bike and a cheap, flimsy lock.

About Donovan's Ability: Donovan is an illusionist, able to create sensory information at will. It's unclear how his ability works, physically, but via mental command he's able to replicate sensations he himself has experienced. The sensations are only as accurate as he renders them in his mind, so his ability loses a large amount of fidelity as he has more and more things to concentrate on. For the most part, he only employs the visual aspect of his ability, as it's the simplest and easiest to render, with sounds following a close second and smells and touch rendered extremely difficult. He doesn't have much use for the sensation of taste.

While he's using his ability of illusion, Donovan often loses touch with the world around him, as he's deeply lost in thought and concentration. Additionally, he can't create illusions of human faces or bodies in general, as the mind is never able to fully visualize the human body. Even with the image of the illusion he's to create in front of him, the act of visualizing and projecting such a complex thing would sap his brain's energy in minutes. Even using the simpler aspects of his ability drains him physically, which accounts, in part, for his odd sleep patterns. If he's not in good health and well-rested before creating any kind of illusion, it will seem deformed and out-of-focus. His range, which is normally around fifteen to twenty feet on a two-hour nap, can shrink to only three or four, and the amount of people he can project them onto reduces drastically, as well

Interestingly, Donovan feels all the sensations he creates regardless of whether or not he's projecting them on himself. If he creates a physical sensation of pain or cold, he'll feel it himself, and if he were to choose to create an unpleasant noise, he'd hear it, too. If he doesn't use his ability enough, his mind will begin to offset its energy by creating illusions only he can see— which caused the initial diagnosis of schizophrenia during his childhood.

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So begins...

Donovan Greene Katenka's Story

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There were very few times when Donovan wished he was seeing things again. This was one of them.

Donovan’s breaths came quick in his chest, and he clutched the note tight in the palm of his hand as though that would make it disappear. He could make it disappear, in fact, but what would that do? If it were gone from his line of sight, that wouldn’t make the fact that he’d just been shot at in a park any less true. He’d seen two people hit and wondered if he’d just barely escaped with his own life. He really did hope those two other people were alright. He couldn't forgive himself for having been stupid enough to have listened to the little boy at the doorstep. Even though he'd really had nothing better to do at the time than chase his latest intrigue— even though he probably should have been sleeping after his midnight show— he'd gone, and if someone had gotten killed because of that—

He supposed he should stop abusing the piece of paper and get to doing what it said. He wasn't sure if he wanted anything to do with the people who'd left him these notes, but he did need his wallet back. He didn't make much money, but what little he had was either stuffed inside his mattress or in that slim wallet, which his pocket was quite notably missing. Not getting it back likely meant the difference in the number of dinners he had to look forward to in the coming month. If it meant chasing white rabbits to a café, then so be it.

Unlocking his bike from the pipeworks, he gave the chains and the rusting bits a once-over to ensure they were still functioning before reattaching the lock to the area just below the seat and setting off. The chains clicked and clunked where the gears had failed to shift them, and he had long since given up on trying to fix them. Riding up the massive hills— and San Francisco seemed to have so goddamned many of them— was sometimes a bit challenging, but his legs had become used to the pedaling over the years. His main focus now was making sure the thing didn't fall apart as he rode it.

Donovan wasn't exactly sure where 24th street was; he assumed it would have been after 23rd street and before 25th, but one could never be sure in such a chaotic city. Luckily, it couldn't be far away, as he was already on Oxford. Following it, he was sure he'd reach it eventually. It was on a corner, after all.

He stopped abruptly and turned himself around on reaching the next street corner. He'd gone from thirteenth street to twelfth— that was no way to make it to 24th street, was it? The change in direction left Donovan pedaling up the hill he'd gone coasting down, much to his chagrin. Coasting was one of the few enjoyable parts about biking everywhere, even with the rain in the fall and the snow in the winter and the feeling of falling on ice shortly thereafter. Donovan couldn't help a pang of dismay as his eternal optimism was punctured.

That said, even eternal optimism wasn't doing much for the scruffy man on the bike. After the shooting, his skin felt numb and his insides were twisted with a nagging guilt he knew he couldn't shake. He sailed past the alternating numbered and named streets, skimming their corners for anything that even vaguely resembled a café. He moved fast, weaving in and out of the lunchtime crowds with a handful of apologies thrown in out of instinct. Donovan was, regrettably, only half-paying attention, the other half a sea of roiling emotions he couldn't calm and refine into something more useful. He snaked over the sidewalk, first drifting toward the endless patchwork of chain-link fences to his right before nearly drifting so far left as to brush up against the traffic. He continued the pattern, lurching left and right, until his eyes finally caught sight of one of the most hideous signs he'd ever seen.

Donovan braked so hard his wheels squealed in protest. The rubber caught the pavement, and he skidded to a stop just under what he assumed to be a cup of neon green coffee wearing an equally heinously-colored pink sombrero. Yellow text declared the place to, indeed, be Santiago's Fusion Café. Donovan wondered what, exactly, it was a fusion of— initially, he'd just assumed it was a coffee shop belonging to a man named Santiago, but the presence of adobe alongside snowshoes gave it a distinct air of culturalization gone much, much too far. He chained his bike to the fence surrounding the patio— surprisingly upscale, for its surroundings, and reminiscent of that of a cushy hotel— and stepped inside, where he was greeted by a curtain of heavily chilled air. The cold was a shock, leaving Donovan to wonder to himself when the last time he'd actually felt what it was like to be around a functioning air conditioner.

There was no one inside, and aside from the humming refrigerator displays and the water heaters, there wasn't a sound to be heard— no music, no voices, no running water or clinking plates. It was almost eerie, the way the café seemed so dead compared to the rushing crowds outside. Shouldn't the place be packed? On glancing at the menu, however, the prices revealed the reason behind the café's silence. Donovan could practically feel his wallet withering at the sight. He supposed he'd just have to wait it out. Donovan took a seat just out of sight of the register, praying to his lucky stars that the barista didn't see him and wonder why he was sitting there without buying anything. It wasn't right, just using their space like this, but he couldn't afford half of what they were charging. Especially not without a wallet.

...not that he wouldn't buy anything if the barista asked. Could he do that to her?

Donovan bit the inside of his cheek and turned to stare at the door. It was going to be a long wait before anyone showed up to break the silence, wasn't it? He just wanted his wallet back. And maybe a croissant.

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At the given time, Naomi would have given almost anything to be anywhere besides her current location. She had just survived some crazy person's shooting at a park, the only reason she being there was because of some stupid envelope marked, 'great savings'. 'How stupid could I be?' She thought to herself as she was standing on a corner spot of a street people passing her. After all that, some note given to her, asking her to meet someone for all she knew would just try and finish the job. It made her angry. She didn't want to go, she would have much rather gotten some luck and skipped town, but no, someone had her wallet. Her wallet with her information, her address, and the picture of her family, she needed that back.

The invitation said to meet on a café on 24th street, at a place known for it's prices. She hadn't been before, but a couple of people she went home with had some left over bagels and they were always good. Her first problem was figuring out how to get there. She didn't own a car or anything means of transportation, and walking in 5" Saint Laurent Thorn Pumps would not prove to be a very good thing. This left her with two options; taking the bus, or getting a ride. Normal people would have taken the bus, too much of a chance of getting killed. However, Naomi knew her luck would work out and give her a ride. She chose some business looking man walking towards his car, giving him some excuse about losing her dog, and putting her hand on his arm and giving him some luck. It was too easy. When she gave luck, the person was very cooperative with her, which she loved. She told him she last saw him at a café on 24th street, and he believed her.

As they rode, she wondered if anyone else would be getting this message. She had seen others who had gotten away, but only briefly, and she had always thought she couldn't be the only one who had.... powers, or abilities, or whatever they were called. The drive was boring, and she turned on the radio and got comfortable, it was a nice 2011 Escalade. She would have tried to pick the guy up, if it hadn't been for the child seat in the back, or the wedding ring on his finger. Upon arriving close to the café, she thanked him, and then decided to give him a kiss. A small one, no tongue, and get some luck just in case. She got out of the car and he drove off, his bad luck to start soon, she thought.

She straightened out her black undershirt along with her Red Firefly Cardigan, and then began to walk towards the store. It was surprisingly quiet in the store, with only a barista and some guy sitting without anything with him. 'Suspicious much.' she thought before noticing how, well not dirty, but messy he looked, defiantly not someone to eat in a place were they charged 17$ for a cup of iced tea. She ordered a croissant and black coffee, paid the girl 28$ from her purse, her wallet had most of her money, but she kept some in the bag itself.

Upon getting her food, she decided to sit down and try and find who ever had invited her here. She chose a spot towards the back, which wasn't far, just in case of another gunman, and watched everyone who came into the store.

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Ezra was huddled in the shadows of an abandoned building, his eyes wide and his long limbs trembling with adrenaline. That was close. He hadn't had such an encounter in a few years. The invitation sat in the back pocket of his worn black jeans. It's light papery form felt heavy with his anxiety. People had shot at him. He wasn't sure if they were real bullets or tranquilizers. It would have been a wasted effort to want him dead after all of these years of wanting him alive.

He combed a long finger through his unnatural white blond hair, thinking. Then again, who were the others that ran? Were they like him? Despite the voice of reasoning in his head, Ezra couldn't help but hope. Santiago's Fusion Café... The piece of paper was crumpled in his left fist. He's been there a few times. It's always open at night, and it wasn't so busy like a lot of the other late night cafes. Would there be another attempt to hurt him, there? Ezra thought about it for a few moments. Well, it isn't like I've got any other option. His wallet was stolen, and all of his ID was in there. It would be such a hassle to replace them all... going in to get his picture taken anyway. That always sucked.

Despite the anxiety and common sense. The tall winged man was starting to get curious. What if there were others like him? Ezra felt a smile tug at the corner of his pale pink lips. That would be day he'd always remember. How many days have he hoped and dreamed of meeting other winged people?

Ezra started walking. Fast. He'd always had that agility and the stamina to match. It wasn't inhumanly fast, but fast enough to make some people wonder. Then he winced. Ow. He saw a dribble of blood on the right wing. It wasn't anything serious, the bullet had just nicked it. Realizing it wasn't critical, the young man ignored it and started running to the cafe. That place had the best white hot chocolate. His blue black wings stayed close to his body as he traveled in the safety of the shadows. Going outside at this time of day... wasn't wise, he'd admit. But the excitement was almost worth it. He hadn't had that much fun in ages.

The man of Asian descent smiled wryly. He wasn't created, or born, whichever, to be cooped up inside a building. The wind felt great on his face as he sped his way through the streets like an expert. He wore a thin black t shirt under a dark charcoal vest with a hood, and the chain that was ever present around his neck.

On the way, Ezra passed some of the beggars and street orphans that inhabited the alleys of San Francisco. Their faces were covered in dirt, and their clothes were ripped and filthy. His heart went out to them, but he kept moving. He'd stop by later with some donuts or something. If he survived this little... meeting, anyway. Then he stood there, still in the shadows of a nearby building. His dark almond-shaped eyes narrowed at Santiago's Fusion Café. Well. He hoped it would be interesting, at the least.

He slipped into the back, quietly and let himself in through the rear entrance of the cafe. It was the best way to avoid unnecessary commotion. The scent of coffee and pastries made his mouth water, and his stomach rumbled loudly in response. It was dimly lit, at least where he stood. Silently, without meeting anyone's gaze, he walked up to the counter and asked for his usual order of a large white hot chocolate, bagels, cake, and a bowl of fruit salad. He paid for it, using the emergency money he kept in his sock.

Taking the tray loaded with enough food to feed at least three or four other people, Ezra pulled his feathered limbs even closer to his body and took long strides to the darkest corner of the cafe. At least, if he died, he'd have a full stomach.

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Donovan watched from the decorative mirror at the back of the room as the customers drifted in and out. There was a man, first, who ordered bagels and left, and then a woman and her child who screamed to no end. She and her spawn had taken a seat by the window, and they, too, were gone soon enough. Donovan huffed to himself and leaned on his arm as he waited. Another few people milled in and out, paying their dues and then toting away their food.

The woman in the red cardigan was the first to catch his eye. It wasn't anything about her mannerisms, per se, that drew his attention, nor was it her appearance. It was his voices, in fact, that drew his eyes to her. In terms of appearance, she was beautiful— perhaps she was not terribly attractive in that moment, but she was definitively beautiful in a more objective sense. It was her cardigan, however, that set off the near-literal alarm bells in his head. Like a woman in a red scarf, the cardigan grabbed his attention and called him to it. It was the type of garment that was made to grab the attention of the unsuspecting passerby. In that way, he'd learned, it was simple to tell that a woman was waiting for her blind date. First-time couples looking to break the ice always seemed to welcome a magic trick in the street, and the men usually tipped well, too.

He suspected, though, that this wasn't why she wanted to get noticed. Too much had already happened today for something as innocent as a blind date to be going on here. He wasn't sure if his mind was playing tricks on him again, but the day's happenings all felt like a sort of cruel joke with no room for the sincere normality of such mundane occurrences.

Yeah, his mind was probably playing tricks on him. Donovan didn't get weird feelings like that, and even when he did, they weren't usually right. Another pretty woman, once again clad in a red jacket, had taken a seat inside the café. His eyes followed her— or, rather, her plate, filled with that golden croissant. That delicious, golden croissant.

God damn, was he hungry. So hungry, in fact, that he was checking out innocent girls' croissants. That just wasn't right. He tore his eyes away, forcing himself to concentrate at the matter at hand: the jackets. Two girls in matching jackets— matching and notably conspicuous jackets— had taken to the café just minutes after the shooting and the suspicious notes. There was something about them, and it wasn't at all their looks. Aside from those jackets, of course.

But, in all honesty, what could he do about it aside from sit, watch, and wait? He was powerless in this situation, with perhaps only a slight physical advantage over the other patrons of the café, who consisted mostly of small, affluent women and their equally delicate male counterparts. This was the type of place that made Donovan too many kinds of uncomfortable. He knew he didn't fit in here, and doing anything to draw even the slightest sliver of attention would draw loads more in in currents, waves, until he was drowning in stares. That didn't exactly sound pleasant, so Donovan kept to himself.

His fears about being stared at, however, subsided the moment he himself turned to the one doing the staring. A man with wings had just entered the café. Being the ratty man not buying anything, suddenly, wasn't the most striking thing going on in the place. He wasn't sure whether he should be glad or unnerved that things strange enough to cover up his less-than-righteous presence were taking place right before his eyes. He waited for murmurs to pass through the restaurant the way they always did when the inexplicable happened, but the room had gone dead-silent.

Perhaps that was because it was empty.

Donovan blinked, clearing his head. It wasn't empty, per se, but it was devoid of anyone and everyone he had seen before aside from the two red-coated girls and the winged man with the bleach-blond hair. Anyone... normal. He was beginning to feel very, very uncomfortable. Had the café seemed this empty before?

Donovan's worries were interrupted with the presence of a small hand clutching a plate drifting into his line of sight. The plate, filled with a fluffy, golden croissant, drifted ever nearer, approaching him and finally settling on the table in front of him. With shock, Donovan's eyes followed the arm up to to find a girl of no more than twelve at its end. She smiled at him and strode to the center of the room.

He wasn't sure where he came from or when he'd appeared, but when Donovan looked up, in the dead center of the space occupied by the café's four patrons stood a man in his forties and the daughter that had run up to greet him. Too many weird things were happening today— Donovan witheld his disbelief and only watched the strange man who'd seemingly appeared out of nowhere, waiting for him to do something. He hadn't addressed anyone in the room, not even the two women sporting red jackets, yet his very presence seemed to command attention. He watched, rapt, as the mystery man stepped forward, a smile edging its way forward at the corners of the man's mouth as he was noticed.

After a few heavy moments of silence, the man in the middle of the room finally spoke. "As I'm sure you are all aware, you have all been brought here for a reason." He paused, long enough for those listening to formulate something to say back to him but not long enough to let them speak it. "And whatever that reason may be— whatever your motives are for coming here— I pray you'll at least listen to what I have to say. You wallets," he added a flourish to his speech, producing four assorted wallets in his left hand, "Will be returned shortly."

"As you are all aware, there's something different about you— about us. And, to get right to the point, we're being hunted. Be it by the government, private organizations, or your neighbor, someone's out to get you. You might not have been alerted to this. You may not have experience any of this. But if you received that letter, if you've come to our attention, you can be assured that we know someone wants your life."

"But why, of all things, would we contact you about this? Why, of all things, would we invite you to a park only to put your lives on the line and have you shot at? Well, we don't know either. We don't know why you're wanted or how you're connected. But you four are different, like us, and for that we only wish to deliver you this message: we can offer you refuge. We can offer you an escape from this living Hell. But, of course, it all comes for a price."

"Should you accept our offer— should you seek out this refuge— our terms will be explained to you promptly. Should you refuse, you can expect either capture or death to find you within the week. Though we may not know what makes you such a viable target, we know that those hunting you are both capable and willing to do anything they need to get what they want. They're good at what they do. You're perfectly welcome to refuse and leave yourself, your family, and those you love in danger. If you aren't, however, I'll be awaiting your answer."

With that, the café was bathed in darkness, silenced, with only the sound of the lights shutting off to fill the void. By the time they flickered on again, the man had disappeared, leaving only the girl and a white handkerchief together on the floor.

Donovan huffed to himself. This was getting to be a very, very strange day. First death threats, then strange invitations, and then more death threats. When was this going to end? He had another midnight show tonight, and he was at least hoping for for a nap before he got started. There went that dream, down the drain where all the rest of his dreams seemed to go. Here he was, in this strange and now potentially dangerous place he'd been invited to, and he still didn't have his wallet back. Why was it that he was always the one without money?

And was it just him, or had all the windows disappeared, too?

OOC: Am I just pulling these turns of events out of a hat? Psh, naw, why would I do that?? ...I don't think there's any totally reasonable way to start this off.

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Ezra was busy stuffing his face with the food he had bought. Now that all the adrenaline had gone, the winged man found himself fatigued with hunger. He'd been there before. This cafe was nowhere new... Yet, the air of the place was different. It made him oddly wary and intrigued at the same time. The hot chocolate burned his throat as he gulped it down, but he ignored the sharp pain as his dark eyes finally glanced around the room. There were two young women, each sitting alone, attractive, but still... kind of strange. Then there was a young man, around the same age as himself... looking slightly worn. Ezra squinted. The poor guy didn't even have any food in front of him. Ezra felt kind of sheepish and looked away. He seriously felt like a glutton, eating like he was. Except... the hunger pangs never stopped until he was full. He glanced back and was mildly surprised to see a little girl near the guy without food. Ezra pushed the empty tray away. He could have sworn she wasn't there a minute ago. Ezra pushed the blond hair away from his eyes and sneaked another peek, and what he saw made his eye brows raise in slight confusion.

Now there was a guy standing in the middle of the room, standing perfectly straight, confidence was almost oozing out of his pores as he swept his gaze around the cafe. Ezra felt himself stiffen warily as piercing eyes locked with his for a fraction of a second. When he began speaking, the young, lithe freak, pulled his wings in closer, listening intently, his attention not wavering even for a second. His voice was smooth and business- like, an ordinary human would never doubt his words. However, ever since he was young, people in all shapes and sizes and colors had shown Ezra that he could never take anyone at face value. So he listened carefully, but impassively, calculating each word as if it had nothing to do with him. At least, if this was a sham, he'd get his wallet back. Even while taking a sip of his now-cooled hot chocolate, he started thinking up all the motives on why they'd steal his wallet in the first place. Sure, he had some cash, but...

The next few sentences had Ezra shifting in rapt interest.

"As you are all aware, there's something different about you— about us. And, to get right to the point, we're being hunted. Be it by the government, private organizations, or your neighbor, someone's out to get you. You might not have been alerted to this. You may not have experience any of this. But if you received that letter, if you've come to our attention, you can be assured that we know someone wants your life."

Everyone was out to get him... Were the others here, the same as him? They didn't have wings though, Ezra thought, a bit petulantly. He almost missed the man's next words. Refuge? Death? He's been alone almost all his life, people have chased him ever since he could start remembering. But he was still alive now. He wasn't going down that easily. No way. There was no refuge for people like him. In fact, he should start looking for a new apartment soon.

And it wasn't like he was putting anyone in danger. He didn't have loved ones. Ezra had a small group of contacts that he had become fond of... but no one knew of them. At least he hoped not. Though... he scratched the back of his neck, he had gotten shot at today. His wing still stung a bit. Then the lights turned off and when they came back on, the man was gone, leaving the girl and a white handkerchief behind. He chuckled quietly. A bit dramatic, was he?

This will be interesting. He should seriously stop doing things out on a whim... but... Yawning, Ezra stretched and unfolded his legs, he put the tray away. Then smiling softly, he walked to the girl, forgetting about the others in the cafe with him.

"Hey there, aren't you cute." Ezra grinned amicably as he squatted down to be face to face with the little girl. "Tell the big man, I accept."

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Naomi was sitting at her small table with coffee and her food, and she felt it begin. The headache, the same one she always got. It happened every time she gave luck to a person, which proved to be problematic in most situations in which she wanted to help or get help. She had regained the losses when she gave to the guy in the Cadillac when she kissed him, but it didn't matter, the headache would always come. She took a small sip of her coffee and began to rub her temples. It wasn't too bad, sense it was only a small amount of luck, but she knew she would have to wait it out. She had figured out that Advil, Ibuprofen, and even Xanax had been ineffective in making her feel better. Only time would cure this ache.

Looking up, she noticed a few other people in the café. The man who looked like he hadn't showered in a week, a woman who seemed to be looking at the others, and finally a man with wings. That caught her eye. At first she thought they were some type of costume, but they seemed to move with him and react, so they must be like.... attached or something. She then wondered if she could grab any luck off of them, and then she wanted to get as much as possible, which lead her to think about having sex with the winged man. She shook it off, just another side effect of her luck. It was really like an addiction, complete with withdrawal and jonesing. Wasn't she lucky.

When the man appeared in the middle of the café, she looked at him. He seemed ruggedly handsome, and the sex fantasy came about him as well. She listened to him, despite the panging in her head, and one thing caught her attention above all else. "Should you accept our offer— should you seek out this refuge— our terms will be explained to you promptly. Should you refuse, you can expect either capture or death to find you within the week. Though we may not know what makes you such a viable target, we know that those hunting you are both capable and willing to do anything they need to get what they want. They're good at what they do. You're perfectly welcome to refuse and leave yourself, your family, and those you love in danger. If you aren't, however, I'll be awaiting your answer."

Her family was under a threat. She had left them to make sure they wouldn't get hurt by her ability, but they were under threat just for being related? This made her extremely angry, and wanted whoever shot at her to be hit by a bus. The man suddenly disappeared, leaving only a small girl, an odd choice considering they all had a... power, or something, and she could be at risk. The winged man walked up to the girl and accepted. That seemed odd to her, she had a ton of questions, least of which who the hell were they.

She got up from her seat, leaving her coffee, and began to click clack her way over, due to her heels on the hardwood floors, another feature of an expensive café. She stood beside the winged man, and fought to not touch his wing, to get some luck off of him, better him than the girl.

"I'll accept this refuge you speak of, but I have questions that need answers." She said, and then leaned down like the man, "First off, who the hell are you?"

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Claudette sighed as softly as she could, not wanting to disturb anyone that would get easily annoyed by someone who sighed when it was finally quiet. Grabbing the now warm tea cup she gently drank from it, putting it down when she was satisfied with how much she had wanted to drink. She didn't want eat the croissant at the moment so she let it sit there on the classy expensive looking plate. It was quiet and boring in such a rich and classy café. The places she had went to or, rather sneaked into, were mostly full of laughter and good conversations about useless things. But, at least it was entertaining.

Looking up as the door to the café opened, she didn't suspect a man with wings to come walking through the door. Yeah, she was a bit surprised, she was different too. Though no one could see she her as different, she was. There was no denying that, and being different had gotten her here. She wondered how it would feel to morph into a winged man? Probably feels the same just with an irregular addition to it. Well that thought was suddenly ignored as she looked up at the man in the middle of the café.

Hearing the first group of sentences; she did have those type of thoughts here and there but, she thought nothing of it and she just brushed it off. She didn't even come to realize that someone was out to get her. Hating that she had something else that she had to worry about she continued to listen to what he was saying.

Now listening to the second group of sentences; she didn't understand why they didn't know why they shot her at the park. Actually she didn't want to know, she would rather keep wondering about it since they didn't know themselves. She had no clue who they were and she couldn't help but start wondering if they were like her. Different. Refuge? Escape? Hell? The refuge and the escape part; she had never needed them. The only thing she escaped from was her old life so, that no one she knew could get hurt. Well, the only thing that was hell was trying to learn how to control this little 'gift' she has.

Before the man left the last group of sentences had gotten to her. She didn't want anything to happen to her family or friends, that she had left behind. The reason she had left was to protect them from her to protect them from anything that had to do with this little 'gift' she had gotten. Now she knew she couldn't refuse, she really had no choice but, to accept. Looking over at the little girl and the male and female who walked up to the girl to say whatever they wanted to say. She didn't want to walk over there and accidentally touch someone.

Well, she couldn't just sit there and wonder where she would be going if she didn't refuse. Getting up out of her seat, she walked up to the girl and kept her distance. "I accept, and I want to know where this refuge is."

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Donovan sat for a moment, savoring the taste of the croissant. He was still reeling from the sudden influx of information. First, he was being hunted. Second, people were offering him refuge. Granted, these were the same people who had stolen his wallet and then lured him here with it, so what was to say they weren't the ones behind all of this? Donovan huffed to himself, then stood up and approached the young girl, as well. He'd heard the acceptances of the other three, and with such social pressure, who was he to refuse? This was going a bit far just to get his wallet back, but he'd take what he could get if people were trying to kill him. He didn't exactly want to take chances if he would have to, 'expect death within the week,' otherwise.

Coming to a stop in front of the girl, he didn't bother kneeling to talk to her as he said, "I'll take you up on your offer, as well." He expected that more questions were to come, so he didn't say a word. Neither did the girl. She let the three stand there for a minute in silence before extending her hand so quickly Donovan hardly caught it before her small hand was around his wrist. Out of reflex, he pulled it gently away from her, but her grip was firm, so he let it alone at his side, looking down with curiosity at the young girl who stood before the four of them and staving off the urge to apologize to her for trying to hit her hand away. The urge, however, was quelled suddenly when something else called out for his attention.

There was a voice in his head. A young girl's voice. In all his years of hallucinating, years he spent questioning reality itself, he had never once heard the disembodied voice of a girl in his head before. Its voice was sweet yet unnerving, not unlike a music box in a silent room with terrible dampening or a lullaby on a stormy night. Out of place. What it said to him, however, was what caught his attention.

Would you ask the others to please take my hand?

Donovan, though shocked, obliged, seeing no reason to refuse. How, exactly, to word the statement escaped him, so he simply murmured, "She'd like you to take her hand." As if on cue, the girl pushed up the sleeve of her dress and extended her arm to the other three, still not speaking a word.

After waiting a few moments, the girl's face twisted in concentration. Donovan wondered, wary, what she was doing. A telepath? Was that how she was putting words in his head? He certainly wasn't hallucinating her, as the others were all reacting to her presence, as well. Or were they, too, hallucinations, and he was just acting like a crazed man in the middle of a café? But the girl cut off his more paranoid thoughts with her own, high and bell-like. Interrupting him. Either she was very rude or she couldn't read minds. If it was a case of the latter, he was very relieved. He did value his privacy, living alone after spending his childhood an only child.

My name is Elsie. First, I apologize for my father's dramatics. Second, I apologize for my inability to speak— I'll have a whiteboard in a minute, if you'd like to have a more coherent conversation. Third, and most importantly, I'll be answering any questions you might have now that you've all accepted our offer. The girl glanced at the group with a small, polite smile. As for 'who the Hell I am,' all you'll need to know, moving forward, is that I'm to monitor and document your progress to ensure your safety over the course of the next few weeks... or months, depending on how long this takes. As you well know, nothing comes for free, and in exchange for your own safety, we request that you perform a number of tasks for us to cover various... fees. She paused, glancing up at the ceiling, trying to find the next few words. And, as it happens, the very first is right here in San Francisco. How do you all feel about heading to a party tonight?

Donovan took a double-take at the girl. She was grinning like— well, like a girl who'd just announced she was going to a party. Was he really losing it? Resisting again the impulse to shake off her hand, he watched the others for a reaction just to verify his own sanity.

That said, he was verifying his sanity via a winged man and two women in red jackets, so he wasn't sure how definitively it would work.

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"She'd like you to take her hand."The other male in the room said, seeming a bit incredulous. Ezra just smiled and took the hand that was offered him. In a second, his eyebrows were going up and disappeared under his bangs in awestruck wonder.

My name is Elsie. First, I apologize for my father's dramatics. Second, I apologize for my inability to speak— I'll have a whiteboard in a minute, if you'd like to have a more coherent conversation. Third, and most importantly, I'll be answering any questions you might have now that you've all accepted our offer. The girl glanced at the group with a small, polite smile. As for 'who the Hell I am,' all you'll need to know, moving forward, is that I'm to monitor and document your progress to ensure your safety over the course of the next few weeks... or months, depending on how long this takes. As you well know, nothing comes for free, and in exchange for your own safety, we request that you perform a number of tasks for us to cover various... fees. She paused, glancing up at the ceiling, trying to find the next few words. And, as it happens, the very first is right here in San Francisco. How do you all feel about heading to a party tonight?

Ezra grinned carelessly as he continued to hold the girl's hand. He hadn't touched another person in... what was it? Had it really been that long? Months... He relished the softness of her skin and his hand tightened on her smaller one for a fraction of a second before relaxing his hold. Gosh, he felt like a fricken pedo. The lonely winged man forced himself to think about other things, like the party. A party meant people. Lot's of people. Despite his craving for human conversation and contact, it sent his heart a flutter of rapid anxiety. Closing his eyes, he tried to remember the last time he had spent time with more than a single person at a time. He couldn't. His dark eyes warmed as he stood, tilting his head in a relaxed, friendly manner.

"Well, a party huh." Ezra reached up to his face with his free hand almost hesitantly and gently tugged on a thin lock of his shiny hair, an old unbreakable habit. "One night out can't kill me. Where is it? But won't it look weird if I go as well, I don't exactly..." His eyes darted quickly to the others with a twinge of self consciousness, before looking back at the girl. "I don't really blend in." Not like you, Ezra added in his head. She could project her thoughts, yet she was so so lucky, cause in everyone else's eyes, she was just a perfectly normal little girl. With a bit of amusement, Ezra ruffled his feathers and thought to himself why he wasn't more weirded out by all this.

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"She'd like you to take her hand." Said the other man in the café, the on without any wings. Naomi felt a little angry at this guy telling her what to do. She was jonesing for luck, and had it been for a big rush, she would have punched that guy out, and then make out with him. However, this seemed to go somewhere, and after wings grabbed the girl's hand, she hesitantly put her little finger on the girl's arm. She kept repeating, 'Don't take luck form a little girl.' In her head. However, soon somewhere very odd happened.

My name is Elsie. First, I apologize for my father's dramatics. Second, I apologize for my inability to speak— I'll have a whiteboard in a minute, if you'd like to have a more coherent conversation. Third, and most importantly, I'll be answering any questions you might have now that you've all accepted our offer. The girl glanced at the group with a small, polite smile. As for 'who the Hell I am,' all you'll need to know, moving forward, is that I'm to monitor and document your progress to ensure your safety over the course of the next few weeks... or months, depending on how long this takes. As you well know, nothing comes for free, and in exchange for your own safety, we request that you perform a number of tasks for us to cover various... fees. She paused, glancing up at the ceiling, trying to find the next few words. And, as it happens, the very first is right here in San Francisco. How do you all feel about heading to a party tonight?

The girl had talked to her, and apparently wings as well, but she recoiled from shock. She never thought that was possible. She looked at the girl in awe. She was amazed, and thankfully, not focused on her need of luck. She showed some improvement in not taking a little from the kid, a feat she would have been unable to do five years ago. She breathed heavily as the lust for luck came back. She had tracked ho long each craving lasts, and by her estimates, she had another 7 minutes and 32 seconds left before she'd be stable again.

At the mention of the party, she had to stop herself from scream, 'YES!' as parties where were she had lived for a while. So many people, just random dancing and sex, it was like a mountain of cocaine for her. Wings showed some slight trepidation about going to a party. She could understand, it wasn't like a winged man could just hang out like a sexy luck thief. She still wanted to touch his wings and was eyeing them.

When he ruffled his feathers, her hand caught on them for a fraction of a second, and she felt a surge of luck. She didn't even realize it, but it felt amazing, each body part gave off a different flavor of luck, and this was new. She about tackled him, but held herself and said, "I'm down for a party any time, any where. Do we have time to go shopping, I think he needs some less.... used clothing." She said referring to the second man, and then she aimed at Wings, "I'm Naomi, by the way. I guess we'll be working together." She said sweetly, her mind working on how she could get more luck from the guy.

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"She'd like you to take her hand." How could he possibly know that? She didn't say, mumble, or whisper anything to the man. Plus, she didn't want to touch the girls hand, she was too afraid to but, she knew she had to. Closing her eyes for a moment, she took a deep breath -not too loud but, enough for her to know that she did. Hesitantly touching the girls arm, she told herself to calm down, and don't think of anything else but, the situation she was in at the moment.

My name is Elsie. First, I apologize for my father's dramatics. Second, I apologize for my inability to speak— I'll have a whiteboard in a minute, if you'd like to have a more coherent conversation. Third, and most importantly, I'll be answering any questions you might have now that you've all accepted our offer. The girl glanced at the group with a small, polite smile. As for 'who the Hell I am,' all you'll need to know, moving forward, is that I'm to monitor and document your progress to ensure your safety over the course of the next few weeks... or months, depending on how long this takes. As you well know, nothing comes for free, and in exchange for your own safety, we request that you perform a number of tasks for us to cover various... fees. She paused, glancing up at the ceiling, trying to find the next few words. And, as it happens, the very first is right here in San Francisco. How do you all feel about heading to a party tonight?

She was a little surprised at how the girl could communicate but, she assumed that the girl did have some type of gift as well. She thought this whole situation was just going by so fast but, she really wasn't bothered by it. She was bothered by a lot of things but, those things were scrambling around in her head she couldn't really think of them one by one.

Remembering about the party,"I thinks that's cool." Whatever she had to do tonight she'll do it, just to keep her family and friends safe. Plus, she hadn't really been in a party mood lately and she wanted to change that. Looking over at everyone, she thought this was a very weird little group and she didn't mind getting to know them either. But, right now she wanted to see what she had gotten herself into.

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A performance magician, Donovan knew all too well when he was being watched, pried apart for answers to impossible questions— and the girl unnerved him, with her seeming telepathy. The way she could speak right into his head like his voices worried him that she, too, was reading his mind. But Donovan was quick to chastise himself; there he was, again, acting like he was of the more paranoid flavor of schizophrenic. Like he was schizophrenic at all. Even if he wasn't childhood-onset... he was still young enough.

No. He'd looked it up on the Internet, checked for symptoms. He wasn't the most social of people, but he still felt the desire to interact. His speaking was fine. As far as he knew, he could still experience pleasure. Try as he might, however, he couldn't shake the feeling that his mind was going. He couldn't shake the fear that, if not surely, slowly, he was losing his ability to stop himself from hurting someone. Out of all his fears, a worry that he would snap and lash out plagued him the most.

Words from the bleach-blond angel suckled him away from his paranoia. "Well, a party huh. One night out can't kill me. Where is it? But won't it look weird if I go as well, I don't exactly... I don't really blend in." He was answering the girl's question. So he'd heard her words, too. Donovan's eyes drifted to the angel. Almost ironically, he had such a comfortable air about him that the wings felt like something of an afterthought. Donovan, on the other hand, was doing his best to keep his neurotic side in check. There was a chance he wasn't hallucinating all this. That, or his hallucinations were whacked in the head, too, in which case he really needed help. Except he didn't have money, so what, then?

Years living in and out of various things he couldn't quite reasonably call 'homes' had left the instinct to check his pockets when he was nervous burned into his muscles. His wallet was still gone. Usually, his hands weren't lying to him. He let them sit there, straightening his posture and relaxing his shoulders to take the tense edge off his stance. Winged men? Well, there was only one. And a telepathic little girl?

"I'm down for a party any time, anywhere. Do we have time to go shopping? I think he needs some less.... used clothing." The woman in the red cardigan spoke, and a surge of guilt hit Donovan. Used. Yeah, she was putting it nicely. He didn't want to waste their time, though, hunting down clothing he couldn't afford, anyway. His stomach knotted into a self-conscious ball as she continued, her voice as sweet as honey laced with lead, "I'm Naomi, by the way. I guess we'll be working together." Whoever this Naomi was, Donovan wasn't sure how much he trusted her. Certainly only a little bit more than himself.

Donovan almost missed it when the tall, pretty woman in the leather jacket spoke. All she gave was an almost offhanded acknowledgement. Of the people in the room, she'd said the least but needed to say the most— Donovan had a nagging feeling of curiosity prying at the edges of his conscience. He wasn't sure what to think about her just yet.

Thankfully, his brain had quieted down with the premature judgements and the fragmented sentences. He was calming down again, his brain falling back in synch with his lax posture. He didn't mind going to a party, and he didn't want to be the odd one out. "Sounds alright," he said, unsure what else to say even though his words hardly gave away his inner shyness, "Although Naomi's probably right. How formal's the party? Ah, and I'm Donovan, by the way."

He glanced around, his eyes trying to find something to look at. There was the door. The counter. The girl, who had sunken into one hip as she stood, watching them with eyes that seemed to slink from one man's innards to another. He didn't trust her, either, but he looked to her to break the silence with more answers.

Elsie straightened herself, flicking flyaway hairs back behind her ears with her free hand. A sort of deep-in-thought expression passed over her face, creasing her face in places he'd never have expected on a girl her age. Her nails were painted a bright, summery orange, but they were chipped and bitten down to raw stubs at the thumb and forefinger. He suspected her middle finger would be next to go.

"I suppose I have more to explain to you, then," something of an 'ugh' crossing her face as she said it even though she couldn't speak it, "The party isn't until six o'clock. And unless all of you want to risk getting shot by rooftop snipers returning home, we're all going shopping. We aren't guests, anyway," she paused to glance at Ezra. "Assuming we're not dead by sundown, we're booked as entertainment. This is an expensive venue. Seats sell for thousands, if not more. If all goes well, we'll be paid well; even the down could cover a nice dress or two. So consider it a gift. A reason to trust us."

All Donovan could think was, I'm held at ransom by strange people saying other strange people want to kill me, and I still have a show tonight? The girl smiled up at him, and for a moment he feared she'd heard his thoughts. She turned away to smile at the others, as well, however, and Donovan saw it was just the smile of a young girl excited for a shopping trip. In better times, he might have refused just to be polite, but he was desperate before. Nevermind that fact that he'd never be able to return home again for fear of being shot at his doorstep.

"So," Elsie tilted her head a bit, the grin almost as wide as her face, "Store-hopping it is? I say we get out of this place. It's dark in here. Besides, we can use the opportunity to get to know each other better. Fate knows, we'll have to." She twirled off, not even waiting for their responses, not in the least fazed by the fact that she was spending money that wasn't technically hers to take people she didn't know out shopping.

To keep his worried thoughts from turning on him again, Donovan turned to the tall woman in the red leather jacket, blathering. Blathering like a well-seasoned fraud, but blathering all the same. "Tell me," he mused, "If we're going to get shot dead trying to get home, what keeps us from being targeted right here in the streets?" Still yet, he started toward the door, picking up the handkerchief still lying on the floor and stashing it in his pocket for good measure. It was rude to leave things just sitting there when customers would be coming back in any second, now.

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"I'm Naomi, by the way. I guess we'll be working together." The Asian woman said in a sugary voice. She had sounded so scornful as she remarked on the other guy's old clothes, making the winged man feel a wave of empathy. He knew what that felt like. For a moment, Ezra lost his voice as he pondered on how to reply. She sounded so sweet now. And it wasn't like attractive women talked to him every day. So he settled for a cheerful smile and nodded. Her jacket was really red. Ezra didn't think he'd ever worn that color before. Way too eye catching. He preferred neutral, dark colors.

"Assuming we're not dead by sundown, we're booked as entertainment. This is an expensive venue. Seats sell for thousands, if not more. If all goes well, we'll be paid well; even the down could cover a nice dress or two. So consider it a gift. A reason to trust us."

She certainly didn't speak like a little girl, Ezra mused, straightening out his slightly stiff shoulders. Yet, he couldn't help feeling a twinge of wariness at the thought of being someones "entertainment." It wasn't even as if the idea was foreign to him. He recorded songs online, sold his little paintings. That was all entertainment. But here, he was going to be in front of apparently super rich people. Who knew what they'd try to do with him... or how much they'd offer to 'buy' him. He shrugged the thought away mentally. Ezra disliked worrying, it just filled his head with negative thoughts. He already agreed to this, so he might as well see it out to the end.

"So," Elsie tilted her head a bit, the grin almost as wide as her face, "Store-hopping it is? I say we get out of this place. It's dark in here. Besides, we can use the opportunity to get to know each other better. Fate knows, we'll have to."

Ezra really adored children. She looked so excited as she happily made her way out. It made him smile. And turning to the three people near him he relaxed his shoulders and grinned. "Guess we're getting new clothes! I'm Ezra by the way. And yes, I can actually fly." He added the last part before anyone posed the question. It was the most highest asked question he had ever received. He followed the little girl out with a pep in his step.

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Naomi was smiling still at the winged man smiled back at her. He was probably a good guy at heart with good intentions, he seemed thankful for letting Elise hold her hand. She felt slightly guilty about wanting to ride his luck away, but that was the way her mind worked.

"Assuming we're not dead by sundown, we're booked as entertainment. This is an expensive venue. Seats sell for thousands, if not more. If all goes well, we'll be paid well; even the down could cover a nice dress or two. So consider it a gift. A reason to trust us."

Naomi listened to the girl, not entirely sure how to respond. She liked the idea of mingling with the rich, it was all the better. She liked rich people's luck more so than hobo's, so this got her excited. Although, the powerful didn't really mingle with the entertainment. and she wondered what type of entertainment she would provide. She could make origami, and that was around it. She hoped it wouldn't involve touching people, she didn't need to deal with causing a billionaire crashing his car. The winged man could probably cause some fun, but she wondered still.

"So," Elsie tilted her head a bit, the grin almost as wide as her face, "Store-hopping it is? I say we get out of this place. It's dark in here. Besides, we can use the opportunity to get to know each other better. Fate knows, we'll have to."

Naomi smiled big as she spoke. SHOPPING!!!! This was something she loved to do, and from the sounds of it, she wouldn't have to spend her own money. That was pretty awesome, and got her spirits up a bit.

When the winged man, aka Ezra, spoke. It almost shocked her a little bit, he had been quiet up until now, but he did sound nice. Although she wasn't really thinking if he could fly, so much as ask if she could grope them.

"Well, that sounds like fun. I umm.... Steal luck, I guess is the best way to sum up my 'power'. And, you have some very... potent luck, if I may say so." She spoke and got a little closer to him, her bust sticking out further, to assert herself, it was a base thing she did when she was around good luck.