The evaluative office is crowded. A bunch of twins got their bonuses over the weekend and piled up on the Monday appointment slots. There's a pair where one can apparently conjure objects and the other wield telekinesis over them, juggling. There's a cryokinetic and someone who seems to cling to arbitrary surfaces, the one making a little ice sculpture and the other sitting on the wall (Bella supposes he can probably cling to his brother's ice). There's a set of triplets who don't seem to be doing anything, so she can hazard no guess as to what their powers are. There's a girl weeping into her hands while her brother tries to soothe her; she's crying about fire, ash, devastation, the menace lurking under the ground, and Bella hopes that's an overreaction to some TV show. But considering where she is -
"Er, what's her bonus?" Bella asks the brother.
"Not sure," he says. "Besides really upsetting. I just got a luck tweak, far as we can tell, dice and stuff..."
"So she doesn't pyro or -?"
"No, no, she's not dangerous," he assures Bella. "Not so much as a wisp of smoke, I don't know what the problem is, bonuses are supposed to help."
"I hope the evaluators can figure it out," Bella says, disconcerted, and she and Alli go back to school.
Spanish class is the next one they can catch.
"Savannah's likely to need a huge amount of food in - three-ish hours if superspeed's necessary a lot. Should I try to find some while I'm in Juneau, or is that up to someone else?"
She gets intersections. She takes a step in Savannah's direction and puts her down near a squad of National Guard, then without further ado flickers back to the office and takes Adana to Juneau's impromptu refugee center, and then disappears again.
It's the largest one she's ever made. It's physically painful to open it, actually, but Adana doesn't care. And then she starts helping with the evacuation herself.
When Juneau's refugee center can no longer accept new input, Bella appears and takes Adana to a center in Miami, and when that one's full too, Denver's output is redirected to an accommodating location in Mexico, after which she deposits Adana back at the center where Alli is sitting because Adana doesn't need to be present to keep the portals open and it is about time for someone to feed her.
Yeah, Adana does need to be fed. Savannah has managed to scrounge up food (four times) in Denver, so she's reasonably okay for now. Adana sits with Alli and eats the provided food without even registering what it is.
It sounds like Bella is very, very busy.
And then her food's gone and she asks very nicely if she can go back to manning her portals.
(It's about time to renew the latest one.)
Alli passes on the request.
And Bella bounces Adana out again.
Seven hours later, her sister asks for a break for a nap. Adana... Does not. She will be surviving off of coffee.
Bella's not sleeping yet either.
Without Savannah, Adana needs to be brought to where the portal will be on both sides, but with Bella that's easy enough.
Bounce, bounce, vanish. Reappear hours later to retrieve Adana from an overcrowded refugee center, put her in a different one, vanish again.
Denver gradually empties through the portal.
The Allis converge whenever the one helping Bella gets tired or hungry, diverge again at once, and leave one to stay rested and fed in Charlie's house while the other reads off latitudes and longitudes and notifies Bella whenever she needs to make a detour from her relentless flickering.
Adana's forced to be a bit more passive, with her powerset, letting other people do a lot of the organization around them, but she's certainly not useless. She works to organize whatever overcrowded refugee center she's at, and helps relay instructions with other Junebugs when an opportunity arises for such.
And there's plenty to organize. Screaming stray children, people realizing they've forgotten their favorite possessions at home and wanting to clog the portal going back the other way for them, refugees who are thousands of miles away from their families and friends who arrived at the portal at different times, people who made the priority list because they came with five-year-olds or twins or firefighter training but who don't know whether their sisters or boyfriends or parents are going to make it before attention is redirected to another city. They are loud, and upset, and unruly, and all talking over each other.
She starts giving people things to do, she asks someone to help return stray and screaming children to their parents. She finds someone to keep a list of all people with missing family members who are thousands of miles away, and the location they're at to coordinate with other places later. She wants to redirect their - panic and anger and fear at something constructive, something that will help save more people or fix broken families or various other things that need attention.
"Dispatcher's making me nap. I - almost fell. Do you want to be here or Charlie's house or the office?"
She's about to drop, too, but - she doesn't need to do as much. She is the one that makes portals, she doesn't need to do anything once the portals are made except stay awake.
"Don't know," she mumbles. "Ask th' - the dispatcher." And then she goes home, leaving an Alli staying put, presumably in case there's some extremely specific emergency and she has to reawaken Bella by twine.
The dispatcher (it's a different one, now) says, "It would probably be most efficient for you and Bella to sleep at the same time."
"I don't need to do as much as - she does," insists Adana. "I can just be picked up and brought places to put portals, you do not need me to make complicated decisions or follow instructions correctly, you just need me awake."
Adana closes her eyes and sighs. "Okay. Fine, I'll - find a spot to nap. Here in the office is fine? I don't want to dislodge the portal I have for as long as I can hold it."