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Five Years Gone
Date: Spring 2012 Characters: Kirin Yi, Candice Wilmer Summary:… 
4th-Oct-2007 11:11 pm
Date: Spring 2012
Characters: Kirin Yi, Candice Wilmer
Summary: Target practice of a different kind.
Warnings: None
Status: Complete
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They needed sleep, both of them, by the looks of it. The monitors didn't lie, he'd missed the last ten blasts and she'd nearly gotten hit twice. Better appreciating her distances would've helped, but the truth was she couldn't be bothered to check the parameters. Most of it was just a formality anyway; he aimed three feet away from her at all times, but depending on the illusion, he sometimes got a little too close.

"Fifty-three," she counted with a sigh, turning her head away from the flash of light before it hit the wall behind her. She still couldn't get used to the sound of it. Another yawn made its way past her lips and she rubbed at her eyes. "Two more?" she suggested, flickering into his field of vision briefly.
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4th-Oct-2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
"Two more," Kirin agreed, a heavy shadow seemed to fall over the both of them as he absently scattered the sunlight in the room away from where he stood. He needed a break, he had absorbed enough sunlight in the past few hours that even manipulating a laser in a straight line was starting to hurt.

"I don't know why my aim is off, still off," he sighed and let the sunlight move through the room without his interference. The tingling and burning sensation beneath his skin where the light touched his arms, hands, and face were aggravating.

"Let's get this over with."
4th-Oct-2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
"Fine by me," she agreed, eyes watering at the light that flooded the room. She could've done this just as easily from behind tinted glass but that was where the observers stayed. She didn't want to be within distance of hurting them just because she got a feeling they weren't impressed.

"Same as before, try to remember it's not real." Closing her eyes again, she pushed up from the ground as it changed to lush green - something she hoped might calm him, even for a moment - moving until she stood directly beneath the exit sign. It wasn't lit, unsurprisingly.
4th-Oct-2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Kirin took a deep breath and drew in as much of the light around him, knowing that he was being pushed to his limit, seeing how far he could go before he broke. He used to be better at this, his control over the destructive uses his power was slipping. They were still unsure if it was his unstable cellular structure or his state of mind that was most at fault.

The tests were inconclusive, they'd tell him, and then send him to vaporize some militant group in a jungle somewhere. Lately all he had been good for is to make holograms for government briefings. He couldn't complain, he'd rather be used as a harmless image projector than a weapon of mass destruction. That dangerous and volatile side of his power was something he wished he never had.

He wanted to close his eyes, block the light from entering through his eyes, but he knew that he needed to see whatever targets Candice would cook up to throw at him.
4th-Oct-2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
She sat down again and crossed her legs, knowing it was against regs and safety precautions galore, but not caring. No one could see her anyway and if Kirin somehow misfired one of his lasers her way, well, she'd be dead before they could put her in her place for disobeying orders.

Her brief said things his didn't and while that wasn't uncommon, it was bothersome. She didn't want to torment him and the higher ups were forcing her hand. Two plus two equaled four, though, and she always put orders above friendship.

They only had two tries left; if this was what she was supposed to do, she'd do it. Behind him, she made his father appear out of thin air.
4th-Oct-2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
He noticed the shift of someone appearing behind him and he turned to face the far too real apparition of his father. It was easy for him to forget that this wasn't real and that the man wasn't there. All Kirin could think of was how easily the man could absorb and deflect whatever Kirin threw at him, no matter how much he tried to fight Kirin couldn't get away. The man would hurt Kirin, he would kill him, he'd make him suffer again.

Not again. Not again.

Instead of lashing out immediately as he was supposed to, Kirin backed away in shocked horror, the light around him shifting violently, his concentration broken. The effect harming himself more than the intended target.
4th-Oct-2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
She winced, not wanting to do this but not backing off either. Or rather, his father didn't. I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

It was no good, the man's smile was exactly as she remembered it and it still chilled her to the bone. Maybe one day someone would return the favor. Come on, Kirin. Fight!
4th-Oct-2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
"Stay away from me!" Kirin shouted and dropped to his knees, his hands covering his eyes. For a brief second the room became dark, every instance of light drawn to Kirin's huddled form before it shot away from him. Instead of a single focused beam directed at a target, it was more of an explosion that rushed at the illusion and everything around him.

Something in him still clung enough to disbelief that it was real to hold himself back, to reign in the radius of the destruction around him, the light dissipating harmlessly before it could damage Candice or the people in the safe room nearby.

"Make it stop!" Kirin screamed.
4th-Oct-2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Shit.

Candice scrambled away, the unnatural blackout enough to tell her something was wrong before she saw Kirin light up like a human torchlight. He wasn't ready for this and she should've known it. Playing with fire, even if it was government sanctioned fire, was bound to get her burned.

Make it stop! The sound of his voice was pure terror and it rushed down her spine like cold sweat.

Doing as he asked, she directed a nice mental 'fuck you' to the observes up above. They would fuck what was left of him up and then dissect him to see what went wrong and she was meant to help them?

"Kirin! It's not real," she grimaced, hoping to force him to remember that they weren't alone. It mattered what the nice little normals thought.
4th-Oct-2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
"It's not real," he repeated over and over to himself, his voice shaking with each word as he forced himself to breathe. Kirin was so far into a panic attack that he wouldn't have acknowledged Candice if he had actually heard her voice.

He needed it to be dark, he was loosing control, Kirin could feel it.
4th-Oct-2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
This was what Jimmy had to deal with in the field missions every day. This was his partner. She swallowed in a dry throat as she understood how volatile the situation really was.

No. This was Jamie's partner. His lover. Her friend.

"Kirin," she started towards him slowly, the lights flickering dangerously overhead. "Calm down, okay? It's me." Would it help him to think the lights were out? Did it matter? Was it a psychological thing to begin with? She tried it out, thinking it couldn't hurt.
5th-Oct-2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Kirin wheezed and choked on air, his body tense and shaking as he tried to fight off the feeling that he was going to die. The sudden darkness even though he could still feel the numb tingling sensation through his nerves that would only be there if he was still exposed to light.

The darkness was an illusion, but it was a welcomed one. It was Candice, she was trying to help him. This wasn't real, and she was trying to help.

"Can't breathe," Kirin gasped, knowing she could hear him even if he couldn't see or sense her, "...it hurts."
5th-Oct-2007 10:31 am (UTC)
"What do you need?" she asked, taking a few steps towards him before deciding that might not be such a smart idea. "Just... uh... okay. Just don't move."

So the manual on how to deal with an out of control lighting bulb was a little hazy on the details, she noted, the black box where the observers were seated unsuccessfully glaring down at her.

They could bite her or strangle her or dissect her later, she decided, making for the exit and shutting down the main source of illumination. A dimmed, red security light picked up the slack. "Any better?"
5th-Oct-2007 11:24 am (UTC)
Kirin curled into a fetal position, the movement doing nothing to help his breathing but helped him feel more secure at least. The pain was still there, but it was no longer increasing.

"I'm...dying..." he whimpered as he gasped painfully. He wasn't dying but it felt like it, and that was enough.
5th-Oct-2007 11:30 am (UTC)
"Med team," she barked into the comlink, rushing to his side. There wasn't anything she could do except check for actual injuries and the chances of those were slim - unless he'd turned his ability on himself and that wasn't something the suits needed to know.

It took bravery she didn't usually possess to touch him, hands grasping his shoulder before she saw his face. It wasn't burned, it was the picture of terror. And she'd inflicted it.

"Kirin, you're fine. You're safe." You need to deal with this or you'll die, for real, one way or another.
5th-Oct-2007 11:38 am (UTC)
"I can't..." Kirin flinched when she touched him but he didn't push her away. He heard Candice, he knew she was there. His breath would come back, the panic would eventually fade, and then he'd have to deal with the aftermath.

"I'm sorry."
5th-Oct-2007 11:43 am (UTC)
"Don't be sorry," she sighed. His gear was clean, no sign of any burns and from what she could see of his skin, it applied to the rest of his body too. Which meant whatever was wrong wasn't physical. "Just try to calm down. It's okay."

"No medical intervention will be performed until the evaluation is complete," a voice on the PA informed them coldly. "You have one attempt."
5th-Oct-2007 11:52 am (UTC)
"Not okay," Kirin whispered before he forced another deep breath. He had reached his limit and they were pushing him to continue past it. Even one more wasn't a guarantee that they'd let him rest, not until they got whatever they wanted from him.

Kirin didn't know if he could handle trying once more, but he knew they wouldn't let him go if he didn't try.

"One...more..."
5th-Oct-2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
She nodded, mentally cursing the higher ups and at the same time, cursing him for allowing himself to get hurt. It was unfair, but she couldn't help it.

"Come on, we can do one more," she encouraged, extending her hand to help him back to his feet.

And if she was going to be trouble for not respecting the brief exactly, well, that was her problem.
5th-Oct-2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Kirin grasped her hand tightly and slowly stood. He was still light-headed and felt weak, but he'd jump through one more hoop if it would leave him able to go home to Jamie.

He continued to hold Candice's hand, not wanting to let go and needing her to keep him anchored. They would want him to stand on his own, he knew he shouldn't let them see how weak he had become. He knew it, but he couldn't bring himself to loosen his hold of her hand.
5th-Oct-2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
He was deceptively dangerous and that was what frightened her the most. He wasn't helpless even if her first instinct was to chance one of her illusions and mock the whole exercise. The higher ups would figure it out and Kirin would only end up a loose cannon in the field. She couldn't do that.

She returned instead to the same setting as before. Artificial sunlight even as they stood in darkness, blades of grass, the whole nine yards of a picturesque paradise. She faded from view, even though he could still feel her hand in his. He had to face this alone, that was the name of the game.
5th-Oct-2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
It was always disconcerting to watch his surroundings change like that, even though he knew that it was Candice's doing and should be used to it by now. He couldn't see her, but having her there to remind him that whatever he saw wasn't real made it easier for him to stand.

There wasn't much light in the room for him to use, but there was enough, he'd make it work somehow. He told himself this was just one last trick they were forcing him to do.
5th-Oct-2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
She squeezed his hand, as much to give him strength as to will herself to press on with the exercise. Ahead, a shadow of the man Jamie used to be appeared before them, smiling like he'd been smiling that day. Kirin could draw comfort from it or he could refocus his energy. Either way, this couldn't make the training any worse than it already was.

"Here goes nothing," she sighed to herself, a flash of something not quite flesh but just as frightening appearing in Jamie's wake. If Kirin wouldn't defend himself against his father, perhaps he'd defend Jamie.
5th-Oct-2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Kirin reacted without hesitating, even if it was only an illusion Kirin would do anything to harm anything that threatened Jamie. His gaze lingered on the image of the other man once the target was dispatched, it was a rare enough sight to see Jamie smile that way, he would give anything for it to be real.

He closed his eyes to block out the illusion.

"Enough."

I can't take any more.
5th-Oct-2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
She winced as the flare of light cut through her illusion, the whole thing dissipating at the sound of his words. There, you bastards, he can do it just fine.

Some concerned lingered even in her own mind. Fifty-five tries and it had gone from bad to worse before he neutralized a target that wasn't there. This was giving her a headache.

"Okay," she acquiesced stupidly, "it's over." It was just the two of them in the middle of an empty room.
5th-Oct-2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Kirin swayed on his feet but managed to stay upright for a second before he dropped to his knees.

"I screwed up," he whispered and opened his eyes to look around the empty room, then to the exit. "I can do better."

5th-Oct-2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
"You didn't screw up," she replied almost mechanically, expecting the doors to the training room to slide open at any moment. But they remained closed and no med team or supervisor came to bother them.

"You did okay the last time, don't be so hard on yourself." As soon as the words were out, she blinked, her own concern unsettling. She wasn't actually lying to make him feel better, was she?
5th-Oct-2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
"The last time doesn't matter," Kirin sighed heavily, his chest still felt tight but at least he was breathing normally. "They don't have desk jobs for people like me. If I can't handle the field..."

He tugged a hand through his hair. "You know."

I'm a weapon or a lab experiment.
5th-Oct-2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
"I know," she nodded, crouching by him. Were the higher ups observing them still or were they alone?

"You're exhausted. We've been here for six hours." It wasn't representative of their field assignments. Out there, if you didn't die in the first hour or so, chances were you were lucky or the mission was over. Six hours of target practice was purely fictional; something some idiot with 'normal' DNA must've thought of to torture the freaks.
5th-Oct-2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
"Maybe they'll let me go home early," Kirin didn't sound the least bit hopeful, he knew that they weren't done with him yet. After training came tests, and sometimes if he was unlucky he would be sent off to a mission.

As long as he could still move, they'd find use of him.
5th-Oct-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
"Maybe," she repeated unconvincingly, wishing there was something she could do.

"Come on, we shouldn't stay here." Training session were usually scheduled back to back, unless one went overtime - like theirs had. Sooner or later, another team would claim the room anyway.
5th-Oct-2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
Kirin slowly pulled himself back to his feet and had to lean against Candice to keep walking toward the door. "Sorry, hope you don't mind."
5th-Oct-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
"Don't worry so much," she chided, wrapping an arm under his. "I'll take you down to the lab so you can get checked out." And so they might leave sooner. Maybe it would help him to have someone familiar nearby, maybe not.

She hated it.
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