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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

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.
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)

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."
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