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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-02-19 04:03 pm

watch me dance

Fractal makes commander. Bella doesn't replace him as toon leader - she's only eight and her commander still doesn't know how to use her - but Fractal's replacement, a vet traded in from Platypus who goes by Brighteyes for some reason, does. He spends a chunk of Flame's practice sessions every day putting Bella properly through her paces, and in their battles, he uses her like she was meant to be used: a dancing wildcard, too fast to hit, torpedoing herself into formations with laser precision and shooting from glorious whirling motion with the steadiest arm in school. Bella likes Brighteyes, and he tells her that when he makes commander he'll swap for her if he has to give up six soldiers to do it.

There is an announcement of a rules change: you are not allowed to perform the victory ritual without freezing or disabling all of the enemy.

This rule change is generally attributed to the antics of a Thomas "Sue" Sanderson, who coordinated his toon across the room without commander authorization and won the game before more than four soldiers, total, had been taken out.

It's a month shy of Bella's ninth birthday when Flame and Meerkat once again meet in the battle room.

"Freeze their mutie," Flame's commander tells everyone. "Don't look at me like that, Aegis." (People have occasionally started calling her this; she always picks it as her username or her space station name or whatever she's allowed to christen, and it's started to stick.) "You're not that kind of mutie, but theirs is. He can't do his hivemind shit once he's froze or he'll get iced. That's everyone's priority, clear?"

"Yessir," says each toon leader in unison.

They form up in the corridor.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
The moment the gates open, ten soldiers come hurtling out of Meerkat's. They form up into a spinning wheel in the air, edge-on to Flame's gate, which tightens as they roll closer until each soldier is moving too fast to be flashed. With their hands occupied by holding them in this crazed formation, none of them can shoot, but there has to be some plan behind the move or why the hell would they be doing it?

Needless to say, the Meerkat mutie is almost certainly among them. But they're all small, and they're moving fast; individuals are hard to pick out.

The rest of Meerkat pours out after them in a more normal order.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
Through sheer coincidence, Sue bumps into her a few minutes later.

He giggles.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 12:47 am (UTC)(link)
On a whim, he gives her mind a friendly nudge.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
He looks back with confusion.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
Bella's army wins the battle, and it's not quite as close as it was last time these two armies matched up.

Everyone thaws.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 01:26 am (UTC)(link)
"Do what?" he asks, confused. "I did the same thing before, and it didn't connect either time."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Maybe your power's getting so you notice stuff," he says. "And I'm just the only mutie around who's tried to touch you."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, then I won't touch your brain," he says, concerned.
Edited 2013-02-20 01:33 (UTC)
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay," he agrees.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
Next time she signs on to the game, there are no new additions from Sue anywhere in her territory. That's reasonably rare.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
He's in a public game room, logged on to a public desk, and he's playing the game.

His avatar is hauling boulders around on an island, with a coastline visible in the middle distance.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
"Sure," he says easily, logging off in mid-haul and starting for the door. "Got a place in mind?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-20 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
He nods affirmation.

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