6564/Meeting an advisor

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Meeting an advisor
Date of Scene: 18 February 2019
Location: Xavier's School, Westchester, New York
Synopsis: Cannonball and Souvenir discuss team tactics.
Cast of Characters: Souvenir, Cannonball


Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir has barely ventured out of her bedroom today, for various reasons none of which she has explained to people at large. At the moment, she is at her desk, in a thin long sleeved shirt and a long skirt, bouncing distractedly between tasks and being less than focused on any of them: Math homework, two boxes of random locks, her phone sitting half-neglected next to her, and a sketch on a piece of graph paper of the inside of a restaurant, in map form. All of them are a bit neglected. She stares at a trigonometry problem a bit listlessly, holding a cheap padlock and poking around its innards with a pick. The door isn't locked, in fact it's cracked open a little bit.

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie has come to check on her, and seeing as she has not been seen around the mansion, he has brought her a sandwich and a drink. He knocks gently on her door "Anyone here?'

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir doesn't bother looking at the door. "Hey Sam. Come on in." She glances around the desk and room briefly. Nope, nothing she shouldn't have. She sighs and pushes away from the desk, then lightly puts the pick back in its case, slips it into her clothes, and tosses the padlock onto the desk.

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie will walk over, and offers her the food. "Is eveything ok Erika?" He will seming true conerned

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir hmmmms, making a bit of space for the sandwich, grabbing a straw, unwrapping it, and dropping it into the drink. She sucks a good sized drink out of it. "..Not really, no. I mean, I'm not dying or anything. I just don't know where I'm going, and like.. this bit is pretty scary to deal with without a light at the end of the tunnel, you know? I need, like, a flashlight or something."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie will look over and says "There a chair you keep around for guests?" He asks, not wanting to touch tihngs in her room withtou her ok. "Care to fill me in fully, and see if Ah can help?

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir points at a folding chair in the corner, already unfolded, at a table which is a Google Maps view of the front lawn. Miniatures of Ellie, Rachel, Andrea, Laura, Kitty, and herself are staggered around it, along with a notebook full of notes.

"Okay, so, I already know kids don't trust me. And I freaked out when Meggan.. you know.. I figure that's how everybody sees me. Now I'm learning stuff that is going to make everybody trust me even less. It totally makes sense to do it, just like.. I feel like I am losing the plot somewhere? I don't know what I'm going for, I worry about what my parents are going to think, now there's someone with a crush on me and yeek and I don't even know what to think about that at all, and they're like ten times more badass than I am. Needs training, though. Everything is all fwoof, everyplace, and I feel like the baddie."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie 's brow raises as he turns the chair around to streaddle it and says "Ok first off, why do you think no one trusts you?

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir peers. "Because people know I learn stuff. Seriously. I know how people treat me in class. I'm not dumb. Heck, even teachers get nervous around me sometimes." She sighs.

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie shakes his head and says "I don't think it is so much that Erika, I think your liked and trusted pretty well, none have game me the impression they did not trust ya or like ya. What gave you the impression? And would ya like to stop the training with gambit?

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir shakes her head, "No, it's useful. I've looked at all the numbers and everything. If I want to be any use to anybody, that's the only kind of synergy setup that I can see that's going to be much use. Just, like, I have to keep it all secret, and I feel like I need to be able to talk to a couple people about this. And we basically don't have A Team right now, just, like.. people. I want, like, a tactical meeting or something so we can get it all hammered out and I want to know what I'm, you know. Going to be doing. With like roles and stuff."

She hrms. "And like, I don't know, I ask if I can pick up something with wierd skills, and I get 'You should learn it yourself'. Like what the hell did you not see me beating on a heavy bag for two hours? Or volunteering for an extra first aid class? Or whatever?"

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie says, "No, I am good with you getting most any skills from items Erika. I just don't want you ended up like my friend. We lost pone of our frineds. And why can you not tell anyone your working on those skills?"

Souvenir has posed:
"First thing he told me." Erika Kristasdottir frowns. "Also, when it gets out, every time someone loses something, I am so getting blamed for it. So like, I need to have this stuff figured out so I can sell it. I don't want to just be 'the crazy klepto chick'. Make sense?"

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie looks to her, and says "Erika, Ah did not ask ya to learn to steal stuff to make a living, the fact you did not like that was part of why I felt comfortable having yu learn it. I thought it would be more usefull for if you needed a skill from someone who was working against you not your friends. I do not expect you to steal from your friends.

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir sighs, "I know that. You know that. Gambit knows that. I am going to need to manage how to train and how to communicate this with my team before random people in school do NOT know that and think the worst."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie 's brow raises a bit to her and says "Why do you think someone is not goign to know it and who?

Souvenir has posed:
"At some point, somebody is going to find something out. I don't know how. I want to know that we have a contingency plan for that." Erika Kristasdottir rubs her brow a moment. "Also, I feel like I need to have some understanding with the rest of the group of people I am working with on that so that they can plan around it if something happens and these skills are important. If I don't know anything about what's on somebody's character sheet, I don't know where to put them, and if I do and I put them with someone else, they won't know how to work with them. This is like, basic tactics here."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie 's brow raises a bit "character sheets?" He looks to her, an dsays "I want you working with Andrea, Laura, Kaydin, Evan, and I am thinking maybe Ellie, but Ah have to get you all togehter. Is there people your working to work with?

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir nods. "I've never done anything with Evan. Can you please. Please. Set up for us to do stuff together, and get that list to them? I need a meeting set up, I need an explicit roster built, I need to know what everybody does, I.."

She frowns, rises, walks over to the table, pushes the minis out of the way, digs through her paperwork a bit. She grabs the miniature that looks like Laura and puts it on the map, then pulls out a piece of paper.

"Okay, this is one of my character sheets on Laura. I've got notes on how fast she moves, how tough she is, how well she can fight, and some notes on stuff she's not very good at and stuff like that. I put them down in some number forms where I could." She hands it to Sam. Lots of technical notation about map inches, numeric damage calculations, and stuff.

She pulls another sheet of paper out. "Here's what I know about Kaydin. You'll see it's a lot shorter, because I don't know much about him." Another sheet. "Andrea. I have some notes on her shapeshifting. I made a few rules to abstract those, and that's why I know to run away from her if she starts taking fire. And that she can't lead in a firefight."

She pulls out an unpainted miniature and hands it to you. "You have no idea who this is or what she can do. Where do you want her on the map if fire breathing dragons attack?"

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie looks to her, and says "It is not a game looking at it this way can help and knowing what your friends and team mates can do is a vast advantage, but there is also the ability to improvise, and come up with stuff off the fly, when you have someone or something your not used to on your side or against you. Tatics, is not just ok, what can Berto, Dani, Rahne and Ah do when we together, but it is also working what if Beast, or Flash, or someone new Ah have never heard of working together. He looks at her, and says "Ah am working on trying to get folks to work together. " He seems to be considering saying something else but says "So, your wanting to try to lead the team?"

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir tilts her head, "I can try, sure. I don't feel like anybody else is. Except Andrea, and like.. That woman can make anybody feel like they're the greatest person in the world, and she could make New York give the Hulk his own holiday. She's like, the awesomest face bard ever. I want her help with PR. Her HELP. Not her running everything. Just because she's super awesome with people doesn't mean she can plan stuff out or lead a team when things get bad, and it doesn't mean she knows how to get the most out of people's abilities."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie looks over to her, and says "Ok, well Ah am going to tell ya something you might not like to hear. One, even if you want to be the leader of the team, or don't want someoen to be the leader, it realy comes down to the team deciding who they are going to follow. It maybe your the leader, it maybe Andrea the leader, heck it could be Ellie, leading it. But even if your not the leader you can work with hte leader to try to get the most from folks. Dani, and I were co team leaders alot of the time. One of us taking up where the other was weak. Ah will be hoenst with you, with your powers, some people would not even want you on te field. Magneto, Xavier both may have put you on the bench. Ah have seen where they goes. It goes you sneaking out with the others, and being under trained. It ends up with you dead."" He pauses looking at her. "Thats why Ah want you trained besides your powers. Your out there and a TK hits you with a blast that shreads most of your costume, you loose your suviners, I want you to at least be able to keep yourself alive.

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir hmms. "I know that whole 'There is no try' thing, but I'm kind of the opposite. Every success starts with trying, right? If you 'do not' because you aren't sure you can, you're never going to pull anything off." She glances over as her phone buzzes, and raises her eyebrow at it. a moment.

She nods. "That's why I said 'I'll try'. And I KNOW you people would put me on the bench all the time, you already do that where you can. Like, I can't even do the stuff I CAN do and it sucks."

"It's like, well.. Think telling Doug 'Hey, we got stuck because there's this whole wall written in some weird language. No, stay put, I don't want you out there looking at it.'" yes, she went looking for info. "How do you think that's going to make him feel? Like, like.. Look, I have one job, and it's a shitty job, but damn it, let me do it!' It sucks."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie looks to ehr, and says "You people? Yea, the guy who is trying to help you find more ways to use your powers. The guy who says "Ah am willing to work with you but you have to work with me too. You do realize the first time you talked to me you were Ah don't need to know how to fight more than self defence, I have my things. You pretty much came at me with the attitude of Ah am only going to learn what Ah want to screw what ever you think Ah should learn. Your powers don't define you unless you let them. There are folks out there without powers doing the hero job every day. You want to work with the team you will. You will also be working with Doogie with his daily calistetics. I am starting him on next week, and then you will have a session of fighting with and without suvineers in the danger room every three days. Ah will work with you, but when Ah tell you your goign to work on some type of training, your going to do it wither you think it is bull squat a waste of your time or not, od you understand.

Souvenir has posed:
Erika Kristasdottir sighs a lot. Goes to the desk and grabs her schedule, and points out some blocks of time. "See this? Extra exersize time. This? Heavy bag work. Here's leg day. My legs are aching right now. It's not that I don't want to train, it's that everybody acts like I'm not, and like I'm just trying to get out of everything, or alternately like I have to be Batman before I can do anything."

She pulls out a notepad. "Training with Doogie, cool. I can do that. I'll have to take time out of my routine so I don't leave him in the dust, but the guy needs some help and I am great with helping him on it. Is the danger room sessions just combat? I might want to use it for practice on noncombat skills."

Cannonball has posed:
Samuel Guthrie says, "There will be both, As I said when you and ah first talked you made it sound as if you were happy with being certified at self defence, your in the field the closer to batman you are the better." His phone beeps at him and says "Ah need to get to some things I will tell Doogie about your being his work out partner, and make sure he does not hurt himself. If you have a trainer or doctor item around keep it handy."