Jan 18, 2019 9:17 PM
Mutant Edie and Emily in Wormverse
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"Oh I have some discretionary budget and time. But, uh, making cool stuff for other people is limited anyway, tinker inventions eventually break."

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"...Most things do, eventually...can't you just fix them?"

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"No I mean it breaks faster than most things, and in a way only I can fix, it's basically impossible to explain the stuff I make to other people and when tinkers try to teach other people to fix broken tinker tech it just doesn't work."

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"--Huh."

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"No offense, but it kinda sounds like Hank's more useful."

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"Well... that's fair. What's his specialty?"

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"...Useful...things? Uh, I don't know enough engineering to know if he has a specialty the way engineers measure things. He's made, uh, a telepathic amplifier, and a suit that focuses plasma blasts, and a pair of goggles that prevent incontinent eye beams, and a suit that lets someone fly with his voice, and a room that does holograms, and..."

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"...yeah that sounds like he doesn't have any. Maybe your powers just work completely different, you said there were repeats?"

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"Each of us has one of our parents' powers pretty much exactly."

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"'Pretty much'?"

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"I do magnetism slightly differently from Dad and it's hard to tell if it's a difference in powers or if it's more like a mannerism."

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"Oh that's cool! Different how?"

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"I melt stuff a lot more than he does, mostly."

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"More? Like, faster?"

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"No, like more often. If he wants something to be in a different shape, he defaults to bending it, but I default to melting it."

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"Isn't that, like, just a personal choice?" he asks, scratching his chin.

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"To some extent, but--I was melting stuff in the womb, I wasn't choosing things then. Dad manifested when he was fourteen, and he bent a wire fence, he didn't melt it."

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"Huh. That's cool. I don't think that's how it works for us at all."

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"Well no one's born with powers, for one, but I mentioned before we have no exact duplicates too, so."

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"Mm. Prenatal manifestation is relatively common in cases where both mother and child are mutants."

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"We need a trigger event, like something real bad and traumatic, except kids of capes have an easier time of it."

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"--Oh. Wow. That sounds like it would have unfortunate knock-on effects."

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"Like what?"

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"I mean...if everyone with powers is traumatized? That seems like it would get you a whole lot more supervillains than if they were distributed in some safe way."

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