Weirder Stuff Episode VI: Rainbow Shadows in Topics Posted July 26, 2020 "Okay." Jason called as he noticed Tawny's focus starting to waver as she took in Devin and Courtney laughing and snickering together. One by one, the baseballs veered off to rest on the grass nearby. "That will do for a start. You did well." The lean young man said as he walked across the intervening space to his student. Despite her distraction, Tawny was still Tawny, and as he came near she smiled at him, her momentary pout forgotten as she looked up at her strange mentor. He was aloof, almost cold in his expressions, but she got the sense that when he said 'you did well', he meant it. So it was that Jason was unprepared to be the subject of a quick, fiercely grateful hug, so when Tawny stepped into him and threw her arms around him he merely blinked and glanced askance at the others over the top of her blonde head. "Thank you." Tawny murmured as she released him after only a moment and stepped back, repressing the urge to giggle at the nonplussed expression on his face. "That was fun, and you're a pretty good teacher." At that, the surprise was replaced with a faint smile that touched the cold ice of his gaze, warming it slightly as Jason nodded once in return. "There's more to practice." he noted, his eyes on hers in that curious direct stare she was starting to- no, she wasn't getting used to it yet, but at least it wasn't as daunting as it had been fifteen minutes ago. "You can, for instance, set aside part of your Shine so that those extra hands are always available and you don't need to think too hard about using them, even right after waking up. Then there's movement on the molecular and sub-molecular levels, creating thermic or exothermic reactions, as well as telekinetic fields for protection and other uses." "Forcefields?" Tawny blinked, smiling wide as Jason nodded again. "We'll work on those when you've had a brief rest. For now, think about how it felt to attune with my Shine, develop your awareness of your own. If you get an opportunity later, practice with the others too - we all boost in different ways." "Cool." Tawny nodded, mulling over what she'd experienced and learned as the two of them walked over to the others. She grabbed her bottle of water from where she'd left it and took a swallow, reflecting that the Fellowship's training and study methods were miles away from what she'd endured at Dr Cook's hands. No sterile lab, no beeping monitors to be hooked up to, no quietly frustrated commands from Cook or one of the other lab techs to 'light the match' or 'move the coin'. Out here, as with Deej on the mountain the other day, she felt connected to her powers, like they were part of her rather than a separate thing people wanted to study and she was just the inconvenient necessity. As she drank, Jase stepped roughly into the center of the three other small groups of teens, looking around at them all. "How is everyone doing?" he asked, sunlight glinting in his eyes as they swept the gathering. Calling a bottle of water to his hand, he also took a drink, then went on. "How did it feel? Any issues?" he asked with the air of one interested in the results, and prepared to quietly work to resolve problems.