May 21, 2022 2:28 PM
Freedom Five Unity and an island of clones
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"Could we like... I don't know, instead of writing the usual style, just use our magic to turn some of what they signed on to some other material? It shows that they met us, without our names being involved."

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"I dunno, probably - hey, you guys want cool magic signatures of your own instead?" 

Teenagers respond with confused blinking and one enthusiastic nod. 

"Okay!" bubbles Devra. "Let's do that then!"

She scrawls unity <3 on a proffered scrap of paper and invites the teens to add their own, then hands the result to Gabe. 

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Gabe extends a crystal from his index finger and creates a small but elaborate spiral fractal pattern in dark crystal. It shimmers in multiple colors if you tilt the right way.

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Henry does the same, his pattern is a less elaborate pattern in square-fractals. It's a dark, lustrous metal that sparkles a dark silver.

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The shiny magical gemstones enjoy much admiration. 

"Dang, that's pretty, now I want one," laughs Devra as the teens depart. 

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"Anything specific you have in mind?"

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"Ever seen an oxidized bismuth crystal?" Devra will cheerfully walk them through the process of searching the Internet for pictures on their new phones. 

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"I have! Still pretty." 

He starts working on a bismuth like pattern though with a bit of "purposeful chaos" into and the pieces interlock with each other in a chain-like fashion.

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It is breathtaking and Devra adores it. "Thank you!!!" 

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"For once, geometry was useful!"

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Henry rolls his eyes. "Are people going to assume we are super-heroes just because of our powers?"

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"Uh...yes. Sorry about that. Better than them thinking you're supervillains, at least!"

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"No need to apologize? It's just weird. Do you guys have people with super-powers that are not super-heroes? Or supervillains?"

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"Oh sure, they just don't make as much of a splash. People tend to get roped into stuff, you know? Like, when your hometown comes under attack by aliens and you can bench press a bulldozer, it's kinda hard not to get involved." 

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"Oh, I guess that makes sense. I am sure we will figure out what we are going to do here."

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"Can we even have secret identities? There is, like, a lot of us going around with the same faces."

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"Making rare stuff and selling it will pretty much get you whatever you want, honestly. It seems like the multiple faces thing would actually work in your favor, though. You dress up in a costume and rescue another Gabe from a supervillain, and boom, instant alibi. I guess that breaks down when people figure out there are a bunch of you, though." 

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"Also, we don't know things like 'autographs'. But I could see some islanders going for it. I will have to think about it."

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"Keeping a secret identity sounds like too much work."

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"Most of us don't bother, but some people don't like getting swarmed by adoring fans or mobs of papparazzi whenever they go out and are willing to go the extra mile for some anonymity." 

Devra falls silent for a bit, intent on bacon. 

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"Do you have bad experiences with it...?"

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"Nagh." Devra manages a heroic swallow and continues, "Not really. 'm not enough of a big shot yet for the real crazy to start. It's mostly just been people wanting to get close to Dr. S." 

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"Ah, yeah. That makes sense." He chews on some whipped-covered waffle. "Do you recommend the super-hero life?"

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"Ish friggin aweshum!" Gulp. "I wanna be one of the Freedom Five. They're all, like, my heroes, only, literally instead of figuratively? Or both? I dunno. It's great though. Fight baddies, save the world!" Devra pauses. "You'd have to get pretty clever since your magic isn't all flashy-fighty, but that's no big deal. Wraith doesn't even have any powers, 'cept being totally loaded, and she does fine. Same with Bunker, and maybe Zero, even though he's kind of a jerk." 

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"Maybe we can't move loads of metal like you do, but we could make fancy armor and a well, made crystal can be really good at stabbing." He creates a miniature spear, which he uses to stab... a piece of syrup covered strawberry pancake.

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