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Oct 01, 2022 12:06 AM
Musoka gets yoinked into the Survivorverse
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She'll take them up on the ride.

She turns to Mirror and bows dramatically. "Thank you for your help."

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"It's what I do!" I got to help a fellow superhero! YES! "See you later!"

And Mirror takes off flying, heading off into the sky at a rapidly-accelerating pace.

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And the police take her over to the station, where she can do the extremely exciting superhero activity of filling out paperwork. The 312X-D is a significant fraction of the size of a phone book, covered in dust, and wants her name (if she knows it), superhero name (if she has one), age (repeat previous statements), gender (there are four options, which isn't too bad considering the form was apparently last amended in 1983), among an implausibly large number of other questions - for instance, does she speak any alien languages? (If so, does she want to get in touch with linguists?) If she's from the future, are there horrifying catastrophes she knows about that they should prevent? Does she have notable allergies? Earthly contacts? Is she plotting to overthrow the United States Government?

They also want to know her superpowers, whether or not she wants temporary residence, and the thing contains a note saying that she can get in touch with the American Association of Superheroes if she needs help with anything, here's their phone.

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Hopefully they won't leak her real name and have good data security? ...If they don't, she can always change her name or something.

Her name is Musoka Azul, her superhero name is Blue Lantern, she's a 15 year old girl. No alien languages, no future knowledge that seems likely to be useful, no allergies, she has a family in Spain (and an Aunt in France) but she sorta suspects they don't exist here, here's their names just in case. She is not plotting to overthrow the US government.

She lists her superpowers as "Energy Constructs", indicates that she does want temporary residence, and has her ring memorize their phone number. Temporary housing time? (...Also can she have some food? She's hungy)

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Hopefully!

She totally needs to fill out a form saying that she has no parent or guardian available, given that she's fifteen. But yes.

It's good she isn't plotting to overthrow the US government, at least in the opinion of the US government.

"Temporary residence" means a hotel room and a list of places she can get food from that the state will cover, but a sandwich can also just be provided.

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<Do you think they'd let me put you down as my guardian?>

She fills out the forms, and will happily take food vouchers, a hotel room, and a sandwich, hopefully not quite in that order?

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<Har har. Let's get you to that hotel room.>

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Sandwich, check, food vouchers, check, hotel room, check. 

The phone's ringing when she walks in the door.

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A phone call, already? Weird... maybe the hotel calls people after they check in to tell them about amenities or something?

She trots over to pick it up. "Hello?"

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"Hello," says a woman's voice. "I am Minerva." The words are spoken with the calm certainty of someone who knows exactly who she is, and does not particularly need anyone else to. "Is this Blue Lantern?"

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"Um!"

<This is kinda weird, right? I'm not just being paranoid? How did she get this number?>

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<...probably from the police? Might be worth asking for details. And yeah, the timing is a bit suspicious...>

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"Can I ask how you got this number?"

(Her voice sounds politely inquisitive, because her ring has helpfully decided to provide a little bit of obfuscation. Musoka is feeling really overwhelmed!)

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"I asked the front desk," says Minerva blandly.

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"Uh huh. And what can I do for you, Minerva?" 

(The ring faithfully translates both her sarcasm and exhaustion)

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"Answer approximately two thousand questions about an alternate future timeline," she says, "for purposes of life extension, global catastrophe prevention, and world poverty reduction. Also to be warned that I think there's about a four percent chance someone will try to kidnap you tonight."

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Well, that is going to make Musoka an alarmed and scared teenager! (Scared enough that her ring cuts out; she dips into Spanish) "I would really prefer not to be kidnapped tonight! Once a day is more than enough!!" 

... she takes a deep breath, relaxes, and continues. "Do you have any advice on how to, uh, avoid being kidnapped? It seems like you might prefer me being around to answer your questions." (this gets translated to English, as before)

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"I generally prefer people not be kidnapped," says Minerva drily. "The police records are secure against ordinary criminals, but not against the Titanium Tyrant, or Mechanos, or another mastermind." She pauses. "The most likely outcome is no kidnapping attempt, and if one were to occur it would likely rely on local mercenaries with little training and no superpowers and require surprise in order to succeed."

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"...I can stay awake so they don't surprise me, but I'll be really tired. A-and my powers are harder to maintain focus on while tired."

"...can I use the meal voucher on energy drinks?" 

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That is bizarrely adorable. Apparently the traveler from a parallel universe actually is a teenager, in a manner in which Minerva, to pick one case, never was?

Also, her energy constructs apparently can neither protect her while she sleeps, nor bar the door while she sleeps. Useful information. Hopefully the phone isn't bugged.

"If you're a light sleeper, you can bolt the door, bolt the connecting door if there is one, and move furniture in front of them. Or, if you need protection, I -" can she? Run expense calculation. Yes. "- can send a bodyguard for one night." She could also show up herself, but that would be extremely inefficient. Any time she's bodyguarding a teenager in her sleep is time she is not saving lives.

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"Um. I am really new here and honestly kinda freaked out and keep underestimating how careful I should be, it's a lot more dangerous to be a superhero than I think it was at home, and I am not well-calibrated for that. I would really appreciate a bodyguard. I will answer your questions as best I can. I can also probably give you a pretty large data dump, I- do you have Wikipedia here?"

She's rambling in the way nervous people with ADHD sometimes ramble, she thinks to herself distantly. She's seen this pattern enough in her parents and older sisters to recognize it from the inside.

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"We have Wikipedia here," says Minerva, voice calm and confident, "'Superhero' is not the country's most dangerous career unless you are in the Atlantic Six, and I do think my four percent chance is well calibrated. But I can provide you with Octavian's emergency-alert number and send security from the Twentieth Century Foundation over immediately, or be over myself if you expect it to be necessary."

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"I get that probably none of this is necessary, sorry, but if it's ok I'd sleep a lot better knowing someone was looking out, if you can spare a bodyguard?"

she sounds embarrassed but also very tired.

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"Absolutely. Do you prefer male or female?"

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"I'm" bisexual (brain? no?? stop???) "fine with either, whatever's easiest?" 

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