The Next Morning

I wake up at eight o’clock. Eight o’clock! Ridiculous. I can’t believe I slept that late.

Fortunately, I don’t have any classes to go to today. A good thing, as, remembering last night’s events, I have under twelve hours to complete a full superhero uniform.

What am I doing?

I don’t even know what I’m getting into.

My powers don’t lend themselves to fighting. I actively try to keep myself from doing psychological harm to other people. I’m probably the least likely person to go to if you want a fight. I don’t think I’d even be able to manage working as a counselor–I tend to absorb things, even when I’m actively trying to keep myself separate.

However, if you need something done…

I grab my sketchbook from the dresser. The image I produce is something akin to Peter Parker’s original design for his costume in the 2003 Spider-Man trilogy–before he realized that he didn’t have the resources to put it together. Tossing the sketchbook aside, I grab a sheet of scratch paper and scribble on it until I have something that looks vaguely like a peacoat with loose trousers and a hood, as if I was some half-baked fantasy character.

It doesn’t look very superhero, but it will have to do.

I make a mental note to add a scarf to cover my mouth as well and voila. I guess I have my first attempt. It won’t look good but hopefully it will be practical.

I can probably change it later, if I don’t like it.

Or I won’t.

So many things in my life aren’t broken, so I never try to fix them. Some of them could use a good fix, though.

Picking up the phone, I hesitate over the numbers, before calling Rebecca.

“Hey. It’s Lannis.”

“Don’t tell me you’re stuck too,” she says drily. I rub my forehead.

“Not really. I just have to resign myself to the fact that I just won’t have the ideal costume I would like to create before the deadline.” I run my hand through my hair. “Listen, if we have the time, would you mind meeting up at the gym? I just… I haven’t worked with you much, I guess, and I suppose I’d better get used to it. I don’t have much upper-body strength. I go everywhere on my bicycle. I guess I need more practice running. So we’ve got our work cut out for us, I guess.”

“Okay.” Rebecca says. “Do you have a migraine? You sound like you have a migraine.”

Everyone can call my bluffs now, it seems.

“It’s just stress. I’ll drink some tea and that might help.” I can practically hear her raising an eyebrow–or whatever equivalent gesture she makes. “I’m not sure what we’re getting ourselves into. But this is really my best option. I just… I have a very, very bad feeling about this, but I’m not prescient.”

“That’s ominous,” Rebecca says. I sigh.


“I’ll meet you at the gym. We can talk more then,” she says. That’s a promise. I can tell.

“Until then,” I say, and hang up.

Now I just need to figure out what type of fabric would be both durable and comfortable.


14 thoughts on “The Next Morning

  1. writefury October 14, 2015 / 2:16 PM

    Denim. Denim is durable and comfortable.
    You’d be the first denim superhero… I think.
    Feel better, Lannis! *hands her cookies and tea*


    • erinkenobi2893 October 15, 2015 / 8:06 PM

      I’d need to break it in enough that I could bend over backwards in it, though.
      And thank you! Tea is ambrosia. Tea is the drink of Olympus and Asgard. And I’ll probably get swatted by the coffee lovers in a second.


      • writefury October 15, 2015 / 11:03 PM

        True. It probably wouldn’t work, then. Other than that, the costume concept you have at the moment sounds awesome. I mean, finally. A superhero who isn’t into skintight spandex. You guys are refreshing. 😛
        Nah. I don’t think coffee drinkers believe there’s anything romantic about their chosen beverage. I’m not overly commuted to either camp. So I’m speaking objectively here. 😉


      • erinkenobi2893 October 16, 2015 / 7:56 AM

        Skintight Spandex?! When one of your team has fire control as a superpower?! Synthetic materials tend to melt and bond to skin when they catch fire. *makes a mental note to talk to Starlight about possible fire retardant options for costume*
        When the Doctor needed just a cup of tea in “The Christmas Invasion,” the writers weren’t exaggerating the benefits of tea.


      • writefury October 16, 2015 / 9:59 AM

        Yet another reason not to use spandex. 😛
        Why did he need tea? I’ve never been desperate for tea, so I’m curious.


      • erinkenobi2893 October 16, 2015 / 3:18 PM

        I think he needed it to re-balance his brain chemistry… he’d just gone through a rough regeneration.


      • writefury October 16, 2015 / 8:12 PM

        Tea is always a good pick-me-up after that sort of thing. Always works for me. XP


      • writefury October 16, 2015 / 9:58 PM

        Agreed. *clinks teacups with you*


      • coruscantbookshelf October 22, 2015 / 12:03 AM

        Only person who genuinely believes superheroes wear spandex is Alfred Pennyworth, though a lot of Leaguers say ‘Spandex Brigade’ as a joke. … and Green Arrow’s beaten you to the denim, I’m afraid.
        You can make fabric moderately fire-resistant with an alum solution – fixes dyes a treat too. Cotton or wool are safe enough on their own, they don’t catch very well.


      • erinkenobi2893 October 22, 2015 / 11:11 AM

        Spandex Brigade? X-D
        Meh. I’ll just borrow fashion tips from him. Heehee.
        Really? I didn’t know that alum could be used to make fabric fire-resistant! I did know it could be used to fix dyes, just not that it was fire-retardant.


      • coruscantbookshelf October 22, 2015 / 3:35 PM

        Needless to say, Mr. Pennyworth’s employer is consistently not amused. (That he’s the dourest super out could also have something to do with it…)
        I… wouldn’t. Really. Early incarnations wear a silly hat and in all incarnations, somebody calls him Green Jeans.


      • erinkenobi2893 October 22, 2015 / 9:17 PM

        Oh dear…
        Okay. Her fashion sense comes from Rowan’s redesign/jacket, then.


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