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  1. Cade stalked through the house like he was pissed and on a mission, but a chance glance at a mirror as he was doing so., Knowing his sister would sniff out his mood and then not leave him alone, he took a moment to compose himself, and in his own mind the turbulent waters that reflected his mental state, calmed. Once again they it became like an undisturbed deep pool, as he centered himself, and then he continued on outside. His sister was there, talking to some of the other younger children, and he nodded as he walked up, Towering over everyone othere. "Haruka, it's time to go. Mom's gotta work tonight." The younger Allistair looked up at her brother, and could tell something was not right, despite his attempts to hide it, but with so many around, she didn't want to cause a scene here. "Okay, Cade." She bid her goodbyes to the people she'd been speaking to, and fell into step with Cade as he lead her back to their mother. "Are you okay? I know Charlie was a friend.." "He was, and no I'm probably not okay, but I will be in time." he was surprisingly honest with her. "Mom mentioned you were gonna stay with Jolene tonight." "You're not the only one who's not okay." she replied quietly. Cade simply put an arm around her, hugging his little sister gently. "We will get through this." "Cade what if it had been you?" She asked, her voice tiny, vulnerable. "People would be sad, but as now, People would move on, going forward. That's what I'd want at least." He looked down at her, and his gaze seemed to soften. "It'd be rough, but I know you would be fine Haruka. I have faith in you." Haruka just looked up at him. "Ok Mr. Afterschool Special.." She hugged him anyway "just for today, I'm gonna let it go." Cade chuckled, and eventually the two of them made it to Miyakko, who was getting ready to leave. "Okay, you have a good time tonight Haruka." then Cade looked to his mother. "Try to have a good shift tonight, Mom." Miyakko smiled at her kids, and nodded. "You too. Don't be reckless tonight." Cade nodded. "No, nothing too crazy."
  2. Cade's mind lurched to a complete stop. God.Fucking.Dammit. Cade thought the words, a scowl on his face that would intimidate nearly anyone, as he processed what he heard. It was a bombshell and landmine all in one, and beyond his internal reaction of shock, he hoped fervently that he was the only one who'd heard that. Carefully, quietly, he left and continued his search for his Sister, and when he didn't find her upstairs, he head back downstairs, and outside, looking for her quietly, still unnerved by what he'd overheard. "This really sucks." He was still scowling, even as he searched for his sister. He couldn't believe that of all the people he could have an affair with, it was with Marissa and Devin's mom. What this would do when it got out, well he knew it was going to be bad, and end at least two marriages. It was good that he wasn't near anyone, as he muttered quietly. "Fuck."
  3. Cade stood with his family, listening through everything, all the words said to mourn his friend, who'd been taken from them by a malevolent force who'd possessed another child from the town, and forced yet more children to take that child's life to halt the spread of the evil that was growing here. It was so surreal, but Cade knew it to be true, he'd fought the horrors, alongside the fellowship. He'd seen the other world, had seen the horrors there, and had attacked Cody with the intention to take his life. There was a part of them that wouldn't let that go. He listened as Devin spoke, and allowed the ghost of smile to curl his lips. What Devin had said was completely true, and Cade envied the ease with which Devin expressed his feelings, letting go of the facade he wore the rest of the time, and was just honest. It was refreshing, and he made a mental note to thank him for that later. Everyone was there, standing with their families, and he felt a hand on his back small, gentle,almost like it wasn't there. That was his mother's, and he looked down, and she was trying to hold back her tears. Seeing one of her son's friends being lowered into the ground, after learning that this really could have happened to any of the children, that she could have lost her own son, it was very hard for Miyakko. her other hand was wrapped around Haruka's shoulders, and his sister held her mother's hand. He felt a larger hand squeeze his right shoulder, and knew that was his Father. Never one for a public display of affection, Some of the same thoughts were going through Ian's mind. He'd known about his son's activities since the hospital attack, and still, he hadn't stopped him. He could have lost his son, any number of them could have died, and there was nothing he with his training, his skill, could have done to prevent it. He felt the gaze of some in the crowd, knowing they sought answers for how this happened, why he as Sheriff hadn't prevented it. He couldn't have, to hear the kids tell of it. Even they didn't know until it had happened, long after anyone could have saved his life. Cade reached up and squeezed his dad's hand reassuringly, before dropping it to his side. They would keep fighting, keep training, and keep Living. The Fellowship had lost one of their own, and each mourned Charlie in their own way. Outwardly, Cade's face had returned to an imperturbable neutral mask, even if inwardly, he cursed his inability to protect his friend. If anyone bothered to look, they'd see the hint of resolve in his eyes. "Nobody Else." He said softly, so much that Even Ian had only barely heard it. Cade knew he didn't really have powers like the rest of them, but that wasn't going to stop him from doing whatever he could do to stand alongside his friends.
  4. Classes had gone pretty much normally for Cade. He was working studying more, though between football and his other extracurricular activities, his progress was slow. He knew he'd need to get with Sean for help with math again, Sean was patient at least with him, Math was his weakest subject still. He didn't see anyone at first in the cafeteria, surmising that the others were doing their own thing, and that was fine, it happened more these days. There was of course one mostly empty table that stood out. Marissa was sitting there, and giving anyone and everyone a death glare a basilisk would be proud of. The thing was, she wasn't alone. There was someone there with her. When Marissa turned her gaze on him, he hesitated for a moment. She'd pretty flatly ignored his invitation to eat together earlier, and a part of him knew this could certainly blow up in his face in a big way. Still, he steeled himself and made his way to sit there with Marissa, and whoever else was brave enough to sit by her in her current mood. He vaguely recognized the girl as one of the cheerleaders, Katie. He didn't know her, but Marissa probably had her reasons. Cade smiled as he approached, and asked quietly. "Marissa, Katie, mind if I join you?" Into the Lioness's den he went, again. “Yes.” Came Marissa’s swift reply. “No.” Katie answered with a happy shake of her head. Like most young people with Downs Syndrome, Katie was quite social and friendly, some would even argue that she was the perfect victim for someone like Marissa who enjoyed manipulating and harming people she viewed as ‘less than’ herself. From Katie’s point of view however, she was sitting with the ‘prettiest girl in school’ and now her boyfriend wanted to sit with them too? Even if she didn’t care about popularity, she certainly understood how it worked. Marissa groaned and rolled her eyes. “Katie, you don’t want him here bothering you. He’s nobody.” “He’s your boyfriend.” She corrected the attitude laden diva. “Rude.” Day One and Katie was already starting to sound like Marissa. Marissa sighed, realizing that she was beaten at ‘The Game’ because Katie had no idea there was a game being played. “Right.” She conceded in a lazy tone. “Forgot about that.” “Besides,” Katie added. “If he’s nobody than he can’t bother us.” “Fine.” Marissa gave up. “Fine. Sit. Whatever.” “Hi,” Katie said with a smile that told Cade she already had a crush on him. “I’m Katie. This is-“ “He knows, Katie.” Marissa tried to keep in her frustration. It was obvious she wasn’t used to dealing calmly with people like Katie who were dealing with their hardships in life. She did make a pointed effort to calm down and soften her tone. “He knows. ‘Boyfriend’, remember?” Cade looked between the two of them for a moment, and shrugged inwardly. He sat next to Marissa, because sitting next to Katie wouldn't have really been normal for him. "Hope I'm not interrupting anything." He said quietly. It was almost a question and a statement. "How are the two of you doing today?" He thought about after he said it, and realized all he had was the likely correct assumption Marissa was in a bad place mentally, there was the chance he was wrong, but he didn't know, and he certainly didn't expect her to outright say anything about it. He didn't expect a real answer with Katie there, and it would have been rude to just come over and only speak to Marissa. Something was going on, and he didn't think Marissa was doing this to be mean. She could be that spiteful, but he wanted to believe in her. So, here he was, braving the death glare, being a supportive boyfriend. "I'm okay," Katie said politely. "Marissa is dep-" Marissa quickly cut her off by positioning herself to she could better look directly at Cade. Her voice was low, but there was still rage in her eyes. "What do you want? Christ, Cade, I said I'm going to Homecoming. You still get a date, you're still getting laid... what more could you possibly want from me? You win, big guy." "Um... should I go?" Katie awkwardly asked. "No, Katie, it's fine." Her new friend said calmly. "Because this morning, you sure as hell didn't care about me, all that was important to you was Homecoming. Whether or not Cade was gonna get seen with Marissa on his arm and oh how happy I was gonna be. I don't want to be happy two fucking weeks from now, Cade. I want to be happy now, because I sure as hell don't know how anymore." "I'm gonna go." Katie said in a bit of a whisper as she excused herself. "But now," Marissa didn't even notice she'd left. "Now you want to care? How Cade? Regale me with how you care, because you're more emotionally unavailable than I am. So let's live this dating lie that you are blissfully okay with for two more weeks, but please... please do not insult my intelligence by trying to make believe for one second that you actually care about anything more than fishing, hanging out with your sister or shooting things with your gun." Anger darkened Cade's features for the first time many had seen at the outburst from Marissa. It wasn't just that she was doing it, but also that she did it in front of Katie. Cade put down his fork. Alot of people were suddenly being both very attentive to what was being said, and trying to look like they weren't. "Fucking Christ, Marissa." He met her own gaze, his own voice was low, but there was no mistaking the anger and annoyance in his voice, which matched hers in volume and tone. "Maybe I fucked up, but goddamn it's hard not to with you. I never know what you're really thinking, and when I do ask, you give me some lame-ass canned response meant to put me at ease. " The anger was still in his own eyes. "News Flash, it often doesn't. I'm not as intelligent as others, but goddamn even i can see when something's wrong. You brush off my concerns as if they're groundless. You want to face down everything alone. Makes me feel like shit because to me it says you can't trust me enough to even tell me about it. Maybe I can't really help with it, but goddamn, you can at least give me a chance to try." the hurt in his eyes told the truth of this, he did care. "Maybe my approach to things isn't what you expected, Fine. I'm not blameless in all this either. If how much I do care about you hasn't actually been clear, fine, I'll own that one. " His gaze hadn't wavered, and he spoke quietly. "Now, We can continue putting on a show that'll be talked about for awhile, or we can go somewhere and actually talk about what's wrong, and go from there, together." "Hasn't actually been clear?" She took in a deep breath and tried not to completely loose her shit. "I have been all over you," she whispered softly. "I tossed about every signal a girl could, I mean every Cade, because I freaking slept with you." "I got fishing and movie night with your sister. Not once did you show any concern for what I would have liked to have done. A nice dinner, a movie in Great Falls, an evening out with just the two of us doing something that isn't fishing, or petting wolverines or having to dodge your sister while we try to make out." She sighed again. "Dear fucking God are you hot and a great lay, but... you can't help me." "You're not equipped to deal with anything that isn't the afore mentioned fishing, your sister or playing with guns." she said matter-of-factly. "I know you like me, I know you care, kinda... in your own way, but let's be honest, if it's not for sex or beating something up, really, what good are you?" Clearly the show was going to continue. "Yes, and I was openly honest about my own inexperience. That pretty much includes catching signals too." He frowned. Having their sex-life on display was not something he'd wanted but it was out now. The admission he made was gonna get around within minutes, but it was done now. "Maybe next time I ask "What would you like to do, or would you like to go do something together, you'll tell me something you'd rather do. That's not me saying "Hey let's have sex" that's me actually asking if there's something you'd like to do together. Otherwise i have to just guess. I took you fishing because yes, I enjoy it, and it's peaceful and relaxing. " The last question stung. "Those aren't where my worth lies. Because even with everything you've said to me, I'm still here. I still want to talk, to try and actually help however I can. Maybe all I can do ends up amounting to little, but neither of us will know unless we try."(edited) "Jesus H. Christ you sound like one of those stupid videos they make watch in kindergarten." She rubbed the bridge of her nose, a visible sign that she was getting more and more frustrated by the moment. "My life is shit Cade. My mother is a bitch, you guys are idiots, my brother is an asshole and the list just goes on. I fucking hate my life, I fucking hate this town, I fucking hate this school, I fucking hate everything." "Okay, Doctor Phil," she gestured to him and let her hand slap back down on the table in irritated expectancy. "Discuss. Impress me with whatever inane lunacy you can pull from your ass that'll make me feel better." "I don't have to impress you Marissa. I'm not trying to win your approval here. Since you want to talk, let's do that. You can always vent to me, because I've never betrayed anything you've told me in confidence." "I can't fix your issues with your mom, or with anyone save possibly myself. This town's the way it is, I think other things have something to do with that, and right now we really can't do anything there. Hell everything here is probably stifling and limited for you. I've always imagined it was so, since you're not from here. You didn't grow up here, so you've got wider tastes than this place could ever offer. I'd hoped to show you some of what this place did offer by taking you fishing. Not the best first date idea, and I'll chalk that to my inexperience, but Nature is pretty much all we've got around here. I knew you'd never enjoy going hunting. " "Sure, it's all fucked up, it's not what you envisioned of your life, and nothing's ideal. You aren't the only one who feels that way. Having said that, there's part of the answer at least. You are not alone. You have other people you can talk to. Other people who do want to help you. Whether you want us or not. We can't do a damn thing though if you don't give us a chance." There was an earnestness in how he spoke. He was trying to think up some ways to help, but he didn't see many. "You do have a boyfriend who cares about you, regardless of how the relationship began. I may not know exactly what I'm doing all the time, so I'm just going with honesty here. I missed the cues, or misread them, so I'll ask you to forgive me for that. But don't doubt my feelings for you." "As great as sex and everything else with you is, that's not why I'm here. It never was. I'm here with you because I want to be, Marissa." "Oh, shit," she sighed seeming exasperated. "Okay, you big, beautiful and quasi-sentient lug. Baby, I need you to pay attention, because you've obviously missed something, somewhere in the last week or so. I don't have a boyfriend, Cadums. We're not really dating. Everyone in the Fellowship knows this isn't a real relationship, it never was." "We had a deal, remember?" She stared hard into his eyes, looking for something, anything working the controls behind them. "We pretend to be dating and in return you get to fool around with me. Okay, I admit, sex wasn't really in the game plan, but you had it, I wanted it, so there you go. You're welcome." She glanced around, making sure they hadn't attracted any unwanted attention and quietly continued on. Waving her hand back and forth between them, she continued. "This, what we have... it's not real, Cade. I was using you because you're gorgeous and well chiseled. Now, I'm trying to do you a favor and drag out appearances until Homecoming where I can enforce the 'Two-Week Rule of High School Dating'." "Yes, Marissa, I'm aware, and I know that we're holding to it. I'm saying it doesn't have to end after that. So your brother outed us to the Fellowship, as you said he's an asshole, and thankfully this hasn't actually been an issue. I'm saying that if you actually want a boyfriend who does care about more than how perfect your ass is, who's willing to actually be there for you, Well you can have that. That I would like to be that boyfriend. That's what I mean when I say I care about you." "It might be conceited, but maybe through Homecoming, we could stop pretending, and actually be a real couple. We're already getting the whole first fight thing out of the way. You might enjoy it, and for at least a short time, hate this place and everything else abit less."(edited) "Wow, way to sell yourself, gonna plug your only fans too?" She sneered, not looking the least bit convinced. "Do I look like I'm in any condition, mentally or emotionally, to even consider seriously dating you, or anyone for that matter?" "I'm..." she took in a shallow breath, holding in any emotion that might be trying to escape and ruin her makeup. "I'm defeated. Okay? You guys win. I'm not a good fit for any of you. I don't trust you, you don't trust me, and frankly I'm just done. With you guys, my family, this town, all of it. I don't want a boyfriend, Cade. I want to be left alone. You guys win. Now go away." "No, you're wrong, Marissa. Setting aside me asking you out for real and you rejecting me, the Fellowship isn't out to defeat you. We won last time because you were with us. Because we were all together. I do trust you, despite your warnings about it. I trust your brother too. You're friends with Autumn right? Maybe not everyone's happy with you right now, but that will pass. You want me to leave you alone, I made that mistake earlier. I don't want to do that again. I'll sit here in silence until the bell rings, and eat my lunch, and you can eat yours. We can do at least that much together." "If you think that bothering me to the brink of madness will get me to date you for real, you're wasting your time." Shelly's drama queen resigned to just shaking her head and waving him off. "But whatever, do what you want. We have to keep up appearances until Homecoming anyway." Without another word she went back to her meal, opting switch which hand she held her fork in so she could operate her phone with the opposite hand and not have to look in her fake bae's direction. [collab with Dave]
  5. Morning practice was cut short, The Coaching staff cutting the team loose just after seven fifteen. It was hardly worth suiting up for, but he figured it had to be important if they were doing it. He arranged to meet with Marissa and got a shower, changing back into regular clothing before grabbing his pack to meet Marissa. He got there a few minutes before he'd said to meet, so he stood waiting for her. There'd been a part of him that had wondered if she'd come to school today, but it seemed he needn't have worried on that front. Everywhere else, though, he wasn't sure of at all. She approached, looking like a million bucks, as always. In a black, knee-length pencil skirt with a white turtleneck black suede wedge-heeled ankle boots and her long hair kept from he face by a matching black hairband, Shelly's Queen of Mean looked fairly out of place amongst the other early gym-goers who were exiting the locker rooms and preparing for class. This close to the gym, or the locker rooms, for that matter, were really not her preferred place to be this early in the morning, but thankfully she wasn't the one who had to be up at 6am doing push-ups and running back and forth on the field. Still, she was a cheerleader now and would be representing their school at the Homecoming game, so she figured it was about time she got used to the various... smells. She approached him, holding the straps of her bag that was slung over her shoulder in both hands. "Hey," she said to him, her voice low and her overall demeanor seeming akin to a sloth on tranquilizers. He smiled slightly at her greeting. "Even when you're not feeling your best, you still manage to find time to look great Marissa." It was a real compliment, not just idle flattery. He drew closer to her, but didn't try to put his arm around her, seeing her so "sedate" seemed to be a warning in and of itself. "I'm glad you're here today though. The way things were going when I last saw you, I wasn't wholly sure." His own mother had had serious words for both Cade and his father. It was easily the most angry he'd ever seen his step-mother. "Is there anything you'd like to do before class?" He wanted to talk, but at the same time, somewhere public probably wasn't the best place, considering. He silently wished he'd thought about that before having asked her to just meet him here. "No." She replied flatly. Her phone vibrated and she slipped it from her bag and glanced at it before turning her perfectly shadowed eyes back upon him. "Is there anything you'd like to do before class?" He nodded. "Yeah, there is, but thinking about it, here's probably not the best place to have that conversation. Do you mind walking with me abit? I figure there's nobody in the bleachers, we can have abit of privacy there." "Sure," she said somberly as she ticked off a reply to whomever had texted her. Following him to the bleachers it seemed like a typical morning of school as most they passed the other students save that today everyone was abuzz with rumors and whispers about all the daring-do and heroics the mundanes knew absolutely nothing about. A part of her felt sickened in a sense, that she was superior to these people in every possible way and yet... she was tasked to save them. Why? They just just go on to fuck everything up all over again anyways. yet, Coyote had assured her that there were reasons for everything and if she just held out for as long as possible, everything would make sense. Doubtful, but aside from a funeral, she had nothing else going on this week. As they arrived at the bleachers she refused to sit (not in her skirt). Phone in hand she looked at him as he took a seat. "So?" The Direct approach it would be. "So your brother outed the "truth" about our relationship to everyone. Where does that leave the two of us? Neither of us denied it, and while other things were certainly going on, you can bet that wasn't missed by Jason. I'm not asking because I want out. I did enjoy what time we did get to spend together. What I want is to know what you'd like to do about it, if anything. I don't need an answer this second, or expect one. Maybe this seems a minor thing to be concerned with, but to me it isn't." "I was actually looking forward to going to Homecoming with you, and was planning on actually asking you to go with me before this all blew up like it did." "It's not your fault my brother is an asshole." she inhaled deeply and relaxed a bit, still she showed no sign of real emotion or concern for anything he'd just said. She wasn't mad or angry or even the slightest bit frustrated with Cade at all. He'd seen her irritated and this was not that, this attitude was something else entirely. "Jason doesn't concern me," she continued. "Nor the others. "We agreed 'until Homecoming' and it would look bad if the Quarterback got dumped just a few days after we started dating. Who I fuck and fake-date is no one's business but mine and the person I'm fucking and fake-dating." "I'll admit, I wasn't planning on attending Homecoming, but you reminded me that we had an agreement and I'll honor it." She raised a hand to stem any forming retorts before they could begin. "Do not tell me I 'don't have to do this if I don't want to' and all that nonsense. I know. If I didn't want to, I simply wouldn't. So, yeah, Homecoming. Sure." Cade's smile grew, showing he was actually happy with that response. "Cool then. I'll do my best to make sure we both have fun." She did have him pretty well figured out, he wasn't looking to force her into anything, but if she was game for it, then so was he. She'd made it sound like a business deal, reminding him exactly where they stood. He'd probably misread things before, certainly wasn't like he'd had alot of experience in this. "So that gives me at least a small bit of peace of mind. Is there anything I can do to return the favor?" This calm and Sedate Marissa was a new thing, and while it was far more bearable than Raging Bitch mode, it was still concerning nonetheless. Cade wanted to help her if he could. "No." She said after a small pause to consider his offer. "I'm fine." He knew she was anything but fine, but pressing his luck was a bad idea he felt. "Okay, Marissa. You know how to reach me if that changes, any time." He got up, and offered her his hand. "I can at least walk you to class today. As for Lunch, I brought mine today, so if you'd like to eat together, we can." It was his way of saying he'd like to eat with her today, more than he would like to sit at the same table he usually did with the Fellowship. "Thank you, but I can see myself there," she said while glancing at her phone. "There's still something I need to do and Courtney is blowing up my phone. I'll see you in class." Without a 'bye' or a kiss or... anything, she just walked away like the conversation was forgotten didn't really matter, or even happen. His assumption was right, she was far from okay, but obviously wasn't in the mood to discuss it. If she had lunch plans, she sure didn't share them before walking off. Cade put his hand down, and watched her go, and could only wonder what else had happened after they'd all parted last night. "Damn." he muttered softly once she was gone, and made his own way to class. ( Collaboration with Dave)
  6. Cade listened to the meeting end, and sighed. He didn't want to speak with Marissa, The twins were high on his "people I don't feel like speaking to" list at the moment. Having listened to their parents, Misti in particular, he saw where their attitudes came from, and was very glad his own parents weren't anything like them. Though looking at his mother, he knew she was angry. She wasn't one to normally show it in public, but he and his father both knew they were in for it. Cade rose, and she looked at him. "I'll be back, I've got to speak to Ms. Giles before we go." She nodded almost imperceptibly, and Cade left the room. When he was heading out he could see Annette still there, and he called out to her. "Ms. Giles, can I have a moment of your time?" She stopped and waited for him to come to her. Cade smiled , and nodded. "I wanted to ask about setting up that visit..." He looked at Annette, who just smiled back at him. "I may not be able to heal, but I can at be there when he wakes up, help him remain calm." It was clear the athletic teen wished only to help, and that he felt a certain responsibility for the animal. Annette's smile widened a little. "I just set up something with Ms Keane, as well. I'll extend you the same arrangement - with the approval of your parents, you can come in with Ms Keane to visit the complex and assist with the animals. A parent can come with you if that makes them feel better about the whole thing, but you have to ask approval first. I don't want to risk angering or alienating anyone's family more than is necessary at this stage." She tilted her head, regarding the large teen intently. "If your parents agree, you can coordinate with Ms Keane. Is that acceptable?" 'Yes ma'am, of course it is, thank you." Cade would smile, and turned to head back, only to find his parents waiting for him outside the room. Clearly it was time to go home, and have a much more private Talk. He typed out a quick message to Autumn, seeing if she wanted to coordinate their visits, as he went to leave with his parents.
  7. Cade sighed at how the twins were acting, it was definitely several steps backward on party unity, and it wasn't helping. Goddammit you two. This needs to stop. He listened as Autumn took up the torch, continuing with what happened as she knew them, and reminding Annette that he wasn't the only one who cared about the two felines they'd rescued. When Misti went on the offense against his father, he was inwardly happy that he didn't wilt under her scathing attitude, but went on the offensive, telling them about why he'd remained silent, what he'd seen and experienced. The fact that George was dead, well Cade remembered hearing his parents talk about it, but it had just sounded like one of those random, freak accidents that happen. There was at least a small showing of solidarity among the parents with his father's words, and that made him smile, though he knew saying it, and then putting it into action were going to be two different things. He turned his attention to Annette, and nodded. "I can help too I think. Not with the medical side of it, but I was able to calm him down before. I can try to do that again, so maybe Autumn can help him heal. It'd be good for him to realize we haven't just abandoned him too." The cat, whether telepathic or not, being capable of gratitude made him smile. "I'm glad she's doing better too." It was an area he knew he shared common ground with Autumn, cruelty to animals was definitely an issue for him.
  8. Cade and his parents had been fairly quiet, some of this of course his father knew, but Miyakko was realizing the two most important men in her life had been keeping great secrets from her. It obviously weighed on the pair of them, and her own overreaction when Cade had tried to tell them before, that certainly hadn't helped. Ian had obviously known then, and was in his way trying to help her and Cade by acting as he had. Still it hurt. She looked at Ian, who nodded. He knew there'd be even more explaining at home, but Miyakko wouldn't cause a scene here. Ian spoke up. "So you raided the prison facility, fought against mercenaries, I'm assuming you didn't actually kill anyone during this. You mentioned rescuing animals, what sort exactly, and where are these animals now?" He looked first to his son, then the other kids who'd been mentioned by name. Cade sighed. "No, we didn't kill anyone. Some of them definitely felt it the next day I'm sure though. I couldn't have at the time anyway. The guns I'd picked up were chipped with locators and to only be usable by those who had the right unlocking chip. We didn't know that at the time though." Cade looked to Annette, and nodded. "I'd like to know what became of the smilodon too. We didn't risk our lives just for it to be put down. It had already been made to suffer enough."
  9. Ian Allister's eyes narrowed, It wasn't that he didn't agree, there were other things he could be doing as well, but still. He knew about Cade taking Marissa fishing, and looked to his son, who shook his head. That was left best unsaid. Cade looked over at Devin and shrugged. "It's abit annoying, but at least it's fairly predictable. The others will be here." When He met Marissa's gaze after hearing her nickname, he knew with grim certainty that if he ever tried to call her that, or probably even said the word around her, she'd end him in the most painful methods she could devise. He looked at Carl and Gar, and nodded. "Lake Elwell is still probably the best fishing nearby that's not someone's private pond. Though it's a long haul one way if you wanna fish the eastern part of the lake, and most of the west requires an offroad to get near, or you go up the river." He shrugged. "I have a couple friends from the track team that caught some great pike and half an ice chest of bass and bream on their last trip about four days ago." While Mr. Bancroft's pond was the main place he fished, he did go elsewhere, and he tried keeping up with what was being caught. Ian looked to to Cade. "That sounds like a good trip. Maybe it's time we go there." Cade nodded, but it was Miyakko who spoke. "You should take Haruka, she hasn't gotten to go on any of your fishing trips lately." She looked around at the kids, and asked, quietly. "It may be none of my business, so forgive me, but Are all of you alright? You had many injuries before, is everything healing as it should?" As head nurse at the facility, and in general, she was used to caring about the well-being of others. She remembered with a certain horror how they all looked when they got back, and since she'd heard nothing about it, she was taking the chance to at least ask them if they were alright. She knew about Jason's injury, and it at least seemed to have healed, though there was a scar.
  10. Cade had stayed long enough to eat pizza with the others who were there, it would have been rude to leave after they'd ordered, at least in his mind. After that, he'd headed home, thanking Devin and Marissa for having them over, even if things hadn't gone smoothly, and for the Pizza. He'd paused a moment, unsure of how to approach things with Marissa, given that the truth of their "relationship" had been outed by Devin, but only for a moment. He enveloped her in a gentle hug. "I meant what I said earlier." He smiled and released her without trying to do anything more. He didn't want to pressure her, she had enough going on right now. Heading home, Cade waited for his parents. Haruka wasn't coming to the meeting, She was staying with a friend of hers. His parents would ride together, and Cade would drive his jeep. It was a fairly major concession. When they parked next to him at the medical center, he met them outside the vehicle. "Mom, Dad, I want say this before we go in. People are stressed already, and I can't imagine that getting any better. You're likely to hear things that are gonna sound crazy, and they're going to make you mad. Yes, I've been doing things I didn't tell you about. I know you're gonna be mad, but please, if you can, save that for when we get home." His parents just looked at him, and his mother nodded. "Cade, I will do my best to hold my peace, so that you can all explain to us everything that's going on. That is all I can promise." She looked to her Husband who nodded. Cade nodded and replied. "All I can really ask is to let us explain." His father put a hand on his shoulder. "That's what we're probably all hoping for from this, son." The Allister family walked in and made their way to the room that had been reserved for the meeting, They took their seats to the left of Annette, with Ian seated the closest to her. Like the Jauntsens, his parents sat to either side of Cade.
  11. "Fuck." it was said quietly, even as now Cassie departed, and he turned to look back at Devin. That was when Sean finally spoke, and made a certain amount of sense. He got the reference and nodded. "I never thought about any of it that way, but there is definitely some sense in thinking that way. If Enterich was working with the Dark, or a part of it, agent of it, whatever. If he could somehow know what we'd become, arranging it so we all end up here in one place definitely has certain benefits. Work to sow the seeds, then reap the harvest once it's ready." Cade paused for a moment, "But if he could know things like that, then why would he just need information about us? How would he not have known he was being fed half-truths? It seems like alot of work to gather everyone here, and keep people here. So many have left, I can't imagine they'd just be allowed to leave with all the work put in with that approach. It might be worth trying to get in touch with those from the Fellowship who left."
  12. "Goddammit." When Jason decided any further conversation wasn't worth his time, Cade ground his teeth. Devin's words were true, but to have it just put out there like that, well he was annoyed by that as well. With Cassandra looking to go talk to her, Cade decided on a different approach, he'd give her space. If she wanted to talk, he was a text or call away. Devin had just outed their relationship as fake to everyone. Going off on him for it wasn't going to do any good, so he just didn't actually respond to it. He wouldn't lie if someone asked directly. "Thank God you didn't say mario party, things are already going far enough south. We don't need that friendship breaking game involved. I'm game for pretty much anything else though." Cade tried to focus on the fact Devin had still made that invitation. Great journeys starting with small steps and all. "So Devin, who do you main in Smash?" As he waited for Devin to lead the way down, or see if anyone else was going to do anything, Cade pulled his phone. He typed out a text to Marissa and hit send, letting out a light sigh. "Marissa, I just want to say that I'm here if you need me. That said, I'm not charging up to your room, You didn't invite me up there. I'm going to give you some space. If you want to talk, hang out, anything, call me, I'll answer. Alot got said today, and I meant what I said earlier. I know I probably don't need to say this, but I will, Take care of yourself." Even after he sent it, he felt it was kinda corny, but he meant it. He wanted to ask about Homecoming, but thought that would be too much right now. He'd make sure, later, they did still have some time. He wanted to see that real, radiant smile again, and there wasn't much he wouldn't do to do so.
  13. With their summary dismissal, Cade let out a sigh of resignation. "Jason, I'm gonna address that last comment out of everything else that just happened first. We're kids. Young adults, but hell, we can't vote, we can't buy certain things, and a host of other stuff. I'd wager to say most of us have had very regular mostly normal lives. How exactly do you think normal people would react to a threat to their family from an entity obviously more powerful than themselves? I get that we aren't normal in every way, and believe me the decision I made fighting against Cody is something I have to live with. It may not have amounted to anything, but I shot him, another human, someone I did technically grow up with, with the intention of killing him. I wanted to stop him before he could hurt another person I cared about." "She didn't just fold. Yes, she helped Enterich. But Marissa fought back in the way that she could. She actively sabotaged the aid she provided. She did go to experts, trying to get help to do this without getting us involved. That was a calculated risk on her part that could have gotten her family hurt or killed. Still, she made that choice. If she'd told us, do you think all of us could have acted normally, and not given anything away? We're kids, Jason. We fuck up, sometimes with serious consequences. If it was any of us they'd come after, aside from you or Devin, I don't think the one who'd been attacked would even be alive. We aren't trained soldiers with combat reflexes, or vast experience. We've fought monsters a couple times, and a few people. This could very well have been Enterich sending a message. "I can get to any of you, you aren't safe at all." Trying to make us afraid, to make us doubt. I imagine the fear that shatters friendships and crushes morale is exactly what he probably finds most delicious or something. Cassie just brought up a good point as well. Who's to say it ends with Enterich? What other entities are lurking out there that we don't even know their names? We can't afford to be abandoning each other." Cade's voice did betray some of the anger at how things shook out. "Now I get being mad that she's making decisions that affect us without telling us. I'm not happy about that either, but we can't really stop her from doing what she's going to do. Cutting her off, leaving her alone, that's not your choice to make either, for anyone other than yourself. Marissa can be infuriating, but so can everyone else. Was there really no room for any sort of compromise? Something that lets us all actually work towards the same goal? Don't just say that it was your way, that your proposal was the compromise. She'll never surrender complete control to anyone. Would you?" The Teen Athlete once again went silent, giving Jason a chance to respond, or anyone else a chance to voice their thoughts on everything.
  14. Well, there it is. That thought went through Cade's mind as he listened to Marissa lay out what had been going on. She'd been given the choice of spying on the Fellowship, or the assured destruction of her family. In her place, he couldn't say he'd make a better decision. In her mind, what she did was justified. She fed Enterich old data, which while useful, was of limited use going forward, especially now. She'd gone to Annette and Taggart for advice, and even gotten Courtney to go along. She hadn't told any of the Fellowship anything before now, and he didn't know exactly what brought this confession on now, but he was glad for it. He couldn't blame her for Jason getting attacked, He could definitely see her warning Enterich about what would happen if he went after Jason or any of them, and failed. Marissa officially putting their sex life in the open wasn't something he could do anything about, though there was a part of him that thought it inappropriate. What was done was done. "So our next Goal is to kick Enterich's ass then?" He asked quietly. "Don't think I'm not annoyed that you didn't trust any of us, I am. But you're also correct, our track record isn't littered with instances of stealth, or restraint, so I do understand." Cade's voice was unnaturally even, even though he was frowning. it wasn't an angry scowl, more resignation, that they weren't done fighting weird shit, and disappointment. "I don't blame you for Jason getting attacked, and I don't think anyone else should. Jason's abilities have been displayed somewhat prominently. It would be easy to view him as the most powerful of the Fellowship. There's two ways to take a group down. Pick off the weakest members first, though that can backfire by leaving a highly motivated group of stronger enemies, or You hit their big guns when they're isolated with enough force to take them down. That seems to be Enterich's play. The fact he was operating based on old data, that might have actually saved Jason's life, I mean if they'd been smart, they'd have shot you from both sides. The time you used your shield openly, wasn't it only in one direction? They'd probably thought that." He shook his head. "What it comes down to now, is whether or not people can trust you. You've admitted to seeing to your own interests first. I don't think that's news to anyone here. The fact you're telling all of us this now, well you either trust us, or your family is actually in danger." " I may just be the muscle, I leave the really heavy thinking to those of you who are better at it, but I choose to trust you, Marissa. Not because of our relationship, though I admit, I could be seen as biased because of it. I trust everyone here, many of you I've grown up with. It hasn't been all sunshine and roses, but we all have to get past the past. That will be easier for some than others, but it needs to happen. Going forward, we, the Fellowship, are in this together. You said he's a part of the Dark, so clearly, we didn't actually defeat the Dark itself, just a piece. That means it's going to keeping coming after all of us. Together we can beat it, separate, we won't. If there's something I can do to help you, to help any of the Fellowship, then tell me what it is, and I'll do it." Cade finally stopped speaking, having simply let the words flow, not trying to reorganize his thoughts, it was probably better this way. Those were his honest thoughts on the matter. He wasn't going to treat her any differently, though he wasn't so sure everyone else was going to feel the way he did about it.
  15. 4:45 pm Cade had returned to class, and was asked to remain a minute afterwards. The teacher asked him what happened when he'd gone to the bathroom, and surprisingly, Cade told the truth. She wasn't happy with him, but let him off lightly. "I want a 350 word essay on why you feel rules exist. I was going to say more, but you did admit what you did and didn't lie. I won't be so lenient if there's a next time, Cade." Cade didn't smile, but answered her softly "I understand, ma'am." With Studyhall as his last period, Cade used the time to knock out the essay. It wasn't as easy for him as it would be for others, but he wrote it out. He knew it was idealistic, and that he'd technically been in the wrong, but it hadn't felt wrong to him. It took him the whole time, and he ended up about twenty words over. As the bell rang, he packed everything away, and went to put it in his jeep. Then it was back to the gym and locker room for practice. Practice was abit more physical, as they had to run laps. When Cade noticed that the team ran together, he kept pace with them. Clearly there was more of a team mentality than he was used to, it would be a learning experience for him. Luckily, he did have some friends on the team, who flanked him. After the run and some stretches, it was time for drills. Following that, more route running with the wide receivers, with Cade actually missing a pass, though it was nearly a catch. "So you aren't perfect." Mike quipped. "Good to see, you were gonna put alot of pressure on everyone if you never miss." Cade shrugged. "Was a bad release on my part. Sure I've thrown a football often enough, but I'm still way more accustomed to a baseball. You hold and throw a different way. I'll get it down and you watch, we're all gonna have a great season." "Just remember, you won't always be standing still, and the guys will be coming for you, hard." "Yeah, have a feeling Coach is gonna move to the next step tomorrow." Mike came up close to him, and his voice was low. "Just be careful. Some ain't too happy about you just showing up and being handed quarterback. They're not gonna miss a chance like that." Cade nodded. "Thanks, you be careful too. Helping me may not make you any friends." "If you are as good under pressure as now, you're gonna make the entire offense look good man. When we win, we all win. I am not gonna drop the ball in pursuit of that." The rest of practice saw them work on routes, and then some hit the showers. Cade just head home, since he had something to do. Getting home, he found Haruka, who wasn't happy, since she was having to ride the bus since he had practice now. "You stink." "it's hot outside." he answered flatly, even as he set his backpack down in his room, grabbing clean boxers, and heading for the bathroom. "Are there still leftovers?" "Yeah. I don't think Mom's cooking tonight." He turned the shower on "go ahead and eat, I gotta get cleaned up, and then head out again." "Going to see Marissa?" She asked pointedly. "Among others. We're all getting together for abit." Cade shut the door and then took his shower, washing his hair and then drying off. It hadn't been a bad first day as part of the team, even if he definitely felt some hostility. It all came down to whether or not he could produce real results on the field. He was untried, but confident. "When we win Homecoming, that should help things out. This should be the start of something good." He'd never really wanted to play football before, but now that he'd agreed to do so, he was going to give it everything he had. Once done, he head into his room, getting dressed in Jeans and a nicer shirt, then head back downstairs, grabbing the sandwich Haruka made without him asking. "Thanks for the sandwich Haruka." "You're welcome." She called back from the den. Cade wolfed it down, drank a glass of water, and sighed. He wasn't full from that, but he was already running abit late, still he knew they'd appreciate him not coming over straight from practice. "I'll be home later if Mom or Dad ask." She didn't answer then, and Cade left, heading over to the Jauntsen family home. With the other vehicles present when he drove up, he sighed. He was definitely one of the last to arrive. He shot off a text to Marissa, letting her know he was there, as he walked up to the door and knocked.
  16. About 1:15pm When Cade got the text, he made a quick reply, and then turned around from heading to class, instead heading to the nurse's office. It wasn't that much trouble to get in to see Marissa, and he smiled. He'd made a quick stop at a vending machine, for another snickers. "Brought you a little something." he said quietly. Marissa was lying back a bit on the small hospital examination table the school had and her eyes lit up at the sight of the Snickers bar. She was sipping Coke from a can with a straw. The small hospital table to her left had several wrappers from tiny Halloween bite bars they'd fed her but her complexion still owned a pale and weakened pallor. The can found a home next to the wrappers and snatched the candy bar. "Ugh, thank you! They had a coke and just these parts... Christ, I had to look up on Google for them how to treat me. They ran to get me a Gatoraide. The military needs to station some medical people here, seriously." She tore into the Snickers and sighed as her eyes closed with pleasure while she chewed. Her mouth filled with chocolate and nougat and in an in a very unladylike fashion spoke while she was nomming half of a Snickers bar. "Don'chu hev claph?" "You're welcome." he grinned at her. "Yes I have class, but I knew I needed to come check on you, and likely, something you'd be wanting." Cade laughed abit. "You were also very explicit on what would happen if I "ghosted" you if something happened. " he shrugged. "It'd look odd to people if something happened to you and I didn't come to check on you." "So..." she slowly stopped chewing and side-eyed him. "You didn't come because you actually cared, just because you were afraid of what I would do if you ghosted me?" Her lips pursed and she nodded. She sucked on her teeth. "Can't say I blame you. You're learning at least, thanks for coming at least." She lifted her phone and set it back down. "Deej's been texting me and my mom is coming down after she finishes a meeting, so she might send me home. If you don't see me the rest of the day, that's where I am. Text me if you like." "You know that I came because I care." he said, his voice quiet. It struck him as odd, her seeming almost bothered that he didn't list that first. He really didn't understand women, least of all, Marissa. "Yeah, I'll text you." he looked at her. "Are you really okay?" his actual concern was evident now. His label-neutral lover relaxed and sighed. "Honestly, I don't know." She shrugged and looked up at him. "Something's not right. Cade, I've torn through two plates of eggs, toast, sausage, two snickers bars, a yogurt, some mixed fruit and veggies for lunch and... I'm still hungry plus, I weighed myself and I'm down three pounds from last night before we went and... you know." "I've watched enough T.V. to know that whenever people get super powers, there's always one persons who just go wrong and... they melt away or they explode, or they break down..." A look of worry spread through out her pallid complexion. "I... I'm kind of freaking out. It's like my body is eating itself, and me, to death. I've seen Thinner, this won't end well for me. Oh... and the school nurse think I might be pregnant, so there's that. Expect my mom to go nuclear." "i'd heard that rumor myself. Crap like that spreads faster than anything. I haven't paid any mind to it, it'll die on its own soon enough. I won't say you collapsing, and your increased appetite isn't concerning, but a heightened metabolism would help you resist poisons and disease too, right? I mean it always does in the comics if we're gonna use that as a basis. You're just always hungry, you could turn out like the Flash and have superspeed too. Just means we have to cook some really big meals, going forward. Maybe ask the others if any of them are experiencing something similar? I'm not, but then we've established I'm not like any of the rest of you. I'm no genius, but I bet your mom will want to take you to the medical center to run some tests, and see just what's going on. You know your mom isn't going to let them do anything shady, she'll be watching like an angry Hawk, I'm sure. You could ask to see my mother, too, if you like. If there's anyone at the hospital you can trust implicitly, it will be her." he'd let his inner nerd out just abit, and he didn't care. Cade smiled. "As for your mom, don't let her get to you. You've got enough stress. I've got your back, and you know Devin does. Hell, the Fellowship sticks together, even if we don't all always get along. Go home get some rest before the meeting. I'm sure it's going to be stressful enough. If you need anything, let me know and I'll get it on my way over, after I go home to get cleaned up." "I'm thinking that might not be a bad idea, I'm a little worried." He was a bit quirky at times, but she knew he cared. She was pretty sure he couldn't help but care, like a Paladin always looking for a Princess in a tower, Cade was always going to be the nice guy, that much she could tell. Still, he was cute when he wanted to be. She mustered a smile and held out her arms, waving her fingers inward to summon him to her. "C'mere. Hug me and kiss me while I still taste delicious." She invited him, referring to the chocolate still on her lips. He smiled and leaned down, holding her gently and kissing her. His neck tingled as her hand slid through his hair and her nails gently tickled his scalp. She was right... she tasted like chocolate. "Hopefully I'll feel better soon, hmm?" she cooed with anticipation and hope in his ear. "Go, get to class... I'll feel guilty if I make you late twice in one day." He couldn't help but smile. "Worth being late for you." he answered her back, before they released each other. "When you're feeling better, I'll be sure to show you how glad I am for that." he added, before drawing himself up. His hand lingered on one of hers she was slow to pull away, his own hands were quite warm, and he finally pulled back. "If you need me, you know how to reach me." He turned and left, looking over his shoulder once at the door, still smiling. He didn't think it was something bad with her powers, as far as he knew, nobody actually had any sort of negative side effects, unless they overused their abilities. (written with Dave)
  17. "Yeah, I'll see you at lunch." Cade smiled, and turned to leave, noticing people pretending hard to have not been watching. He just shrugged his shoulders and head on for his own next class. He wasn't all that concerned with the looks. If Marissa wanted to, she could put an end to any rumor, or start whatever she liked on a whim. Nobody was actually going to say anything out loud in front of either of them, so it wasn't worth worrying about. Even as he sat in his chair, kids were still filing in, he shot off a text to her. "That smile Was worth it." he'd seen only the tail end of it, but that was enough. He'd pay for that later he was sure, but he didn't care, and turned his phone on silent before putting it away, even as the last student took their seat.
  18. "Of course." He smiled back at her, placing a hand atop the one she put on his chest. It sounded so cheesy after he said it, but he was still smiling, he meant it. Her scolding him for not going was a little annoying, but hell it wasn't like he could have done anything. "I imagine it was pretty damn crowded, with everyone showing up." "I'm glad he is okay too. I'm sure it'll be another point of discussion tonight, as if we didn't have enough to go over already. I knew he was in good hands already." That look of concern came back. "If someone came after you like that, rest assured Only your brother would beat me to your side." Once again it sounded cheesy, yet somehow the sincerity in his voice came through. "If you really want one I do have a snickers in my backpack. I was saving it for lunch, but if it makes you smile even a little, having to get another's a small price to pay." His smile was real.
  19. Cade was abit surprised. Not just the attack on Jason, that was very concerning, something he was sure was going tobe discussed. By the time he'd found out, there wasn't really anything he could do to help. He remained at school, thinking that if everyone of the Fellowship left, it'd be damn suspicious. Clearly, he'd been alone in that thought, because he was the only one who Was at school that morning. "Goddamit guys." he lamented softly, even as he was changing out the books for his next class. He'd overheard someone passing by saying that Marissa was at school and she looked like shit. Both parts of that surprised him, that she'd come to school late, and that she let others see her looking like anything less than a peerless beauty. Part of the whole "Dating" thing they had going on was knowing each other's class schedule, so he knew where she was at the time in general, the same could be said for her regarding him, should she choose. Silently, the massive teen made his way there, noticing the looks he got from others, but ignoring them. He was concerned for Marissa, whatever else was causing the looks was secondary. He imagined Devin was there somewhere too, and he'd follow up with him, with all of them, at lunch if they came back. The only person he didn't expect to see was Jason, for obvious reasons. She was texting on her phone as he saw her near the door of her class, and he called out to her. "I'd say "Good Morning" but it's obvious even to me that you're not having one. Is there anything I can do to help?" he offered, a look of concern on his face.
  20. Core Values Achievement- Cade sets goals for himself, and actively pursues them, working to achieve them. He recognizes them as mile-markers on the journey of life. Simply reaching one goal isn't the end, but just one more accomplishment on his journey. He knows what he wants to do, who he wants to be, and moves forward towards this. Conflict- Cade values his friends highly. To the point he'd forgo the pursuit of a personal goal to help them in a time of need. While openly he'd not claim to regret it, a part of him would. Sometimes Cade gets too focused on his goals, and his relationships with others suffer. Challenge- If things are always easy, then one cannot grow. Despite being largely physically superior to most people his age, Cade still trains himself. Well aware that that there's always someone better, he seeks to rise to that challenge, to give his all. Competing against the strong may not always lead to victory, but it leads to growth, if only by identifying areas where he's weak. Conflict- Cade doesn't think everything should be difficult. It's good to rise to a challenge, but at times even he just wants to be able to do something effortlessly. He gets quite annoyed when he fails to do something that he feels he should be able to do with ease. I expect taking up football will bring in some conflict here, as it's different than the other sports he plays. Friendship-Outside his family, Cade's friends are the most important people in his life. The Fellowship in particular are all very special to him, and he would help any of them however he could if asked. Seeing some of them move away, he understands, but hopes they can maintain the bonds they have. He values the time they share, and the memories they've made together. Conflict- Sometimes friends do things that can be a burden. The Bag of Horrors is still in Cade's closet. He can't bring himself to get rid of it since it was a gift, the last one, he got from Lona. Integrity- Cade is loyal. Not just to his friends and family but to his word as well. The fact he's not a gifted liar is perhaps part of this, but Cade believes he should stand by what he does, by what he actually says, and by those who stand by him. This doesn't prevent him from airing issues, or grievances, but even after doing so, Cade isn't likely to go back on what he's said. Conflict- His relationship with Marissa is a test of his Integrity, not just because she's asking him to help her deceive a friend, but also because he's hiding his own feelings in this. He is trying to be a good friend to Jason, and to Marissa, who are rocky terms, as far as he knows. His harsh judgement of Ian when he thought he was having an affair was a reflection of how angry it made him that his father would violate his Mother's trust like that. This also tends to reflect in Cade being rather stubborn regarding what he believes. Recognition- It's good to know what you do is appreciated. Cade wants to make people proud, not just of him, but of his town, and state. While he has been the recipient of some appreciation, at the core of the matter lies a desire to make his parents proud. Despite a rocky relationship with his father, he values Ian taking Pride in what he's done quite highly. Mr. Bancroft's opinion of him also matters highly. Conflict- While naturally a team player, Cade has a competitive side. He likes to win, to be seen as a winner. He wants to be acknowledged in his own right, to achieve things on his own, not just as part of a team. He can be selfish in this regard, driving himself to excel to his limits, and not caring so much how it makes others look by comparison. Other Values Leisure- With so much going on, it's hard to find time to do just enjoy the things Cade likes to do. This is however something he's reluctant to forgo. Life can't just be about striving for the next goal, for approval. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and while he enjoys the sports he pursues, Cade doesn't want to lose the fun times he spends with the fellowship. While they don't share his love of nature, he still routinely offers to take any who wish to go along. Fishing is Cade's true leisure activity of choice, the one that relaxes him the most.o Conflict- While Cade loves playing sports, It eats a huge amount of his time to participate in them all, leaving him little time for a true social life. He isn't as available to do things with the Fellowship, and combined with his work for Mr. Bancroft, his days are all busy, and full for the most part. He's already coming to realize he may have to give something up, to maintain the others. Health- Cade is almost religious about staying physically fit. He routinely works out and engages in physical activity to strengthen and maintain himself. He takes time to do things to renew his focus. Conflict- Cade is a voracious eater. He has a large appetite, and isn't all that concerned about what he eats. He loves a wide variety of junkfood, though after eating alot, he often feels the need to burn it off. The most recent events are testing his mind. Not in terms of intelligence, but mental health. He doesn't really understand how he can see what he has, do what he has, and just remain calm. The fact he shot Cody fully with the intent to kill him isn't lost on him, and will bother him for awhile. Inner Harmony- Cade knows who he is, and who he strives to be. They aren't the same person, yet, but each day sees him step closer to the man he wants to be. He isn't seeking to change to because he feels forced, but more because he sees it as a natural thing. Conflict- Being forced to do something against his character, like outright lying to his friends or family, those go against who he is, and who he wants to be. It bothers him, and makes him irritable adding stress and doubt about his choices. Help Others- Cade is definitely cut from boy scout cloth. He believes it to be right and a duty to help others when they ask, within reason. It makes him happy to be able to help someone. Conflict- Sometimes you have to tell someone no. There are things Cade feels he just can't help with. while the guilt for saying no is lessened when he knows he can't do what's asked when he's asked, he feels a greater guilt over agreeing to help, and failing at it. Cooperation - Cade loves working with others. Striving alone is called for against some things, but there are some things that call for more. The thrill of succeeding alongside others is greater for Cade than a personal triumph, as many smaller triumphs for many people are better than a singular one. Conflict- Being part of a team is great, but Cade doesn't just want to be dead weight. In most of his other pursuits he doesn't feel that he is, but with the way things are going with the Fellowship, he fights feelings of inadequacy and even jealousy over the the abilities of the others, versus his own. They can do things that he thinks are so special, while his own seem somewhat mundane, and even lacking by comparison. He worries that as more time passes, they'll grow stronger, far beyond anything he has any hope of keeping up with.
  21. Practice in and of itself had gone well. Cade hadn't missed a single throw, but at the same time, none had been made under pressure. Throws like that were simple, the real test would be to keep it up with some pressure. Still both Mike and Dylan were really impressed. "If I hadn't had pads on I'd probably have all kinds of bruises. You've got a regular canon there Cade. You throw like that every time we'll be set." Dylan was happy, and Mike took up after him. "Lilly was all kinds of impressive, but seriously man, you're something else. She had something to prove, and I bet you do too. If you hold up under pressure, you could easily end up scouted." Cade had simply smiled. "So long as we win, and no one gets hurt." Dylan chuckled. "Man it's football, people always get hurt. The key is to keep it to a minimum, and yeah, Winning State will be pretty damn awesome." Mike looked at him. "Don't think your exhibition didn't go unnoted, they stopped running drills near the end just to watch you throw to us." "It's just practice guys, and my first one." "Yeah, maybe, but you didn't miss. Even when we changed the routes, you hit us perfectly, no over or under throwing. Shit man, I actually tried to see if I could trip you up at the end, but you put it right in the center of my chest." Mike admitted, with abit of chagrin. "I thought those last couple were abit off. Figured you were getting tired, doing all that running." Cade replied with a knowing smirk. Mike was on the track team, so running was nothing to him. "That's all we wide receivers have to do, Run, and Catch. Running a dozen or so routes ain't gonna wear me out." The trio rejoined the rest of the team as they head in to shower and change, getting ready to actually start the schoolday. Class was just about to start as Cade sat in his desk. He'd run abit late after practice, and pulled out his phone to check his messages, before the bell rang. Reading what had happened, he railed against remaining there, but in truth, there wasn't really anything for him to do or accomplish by leaving and going to the hospital. He shot off a quick reply, and the bell rang, he quickly put away his phone, putting it on silent mode. It wasn't a lack of care that let him sit there, he was worried, but all the same, there just wasn't anything he could do. So he sat there as classes began.
  22. The Allistair family sat around the table in the dining room eating breakfast. It was early, six thirty-five. Most families probably wouldn't be up yet, but Each of them had something going. It would have been normal ten years ago, before Ian had become the sheriff, but following that, it had become a very rare occurence. After the previous night, Ian knew that he'd be busy, but he'd promised Miyakko privately to make more time for the family. This was a small part of it. It was very good, grits, scrambled eggs, toast and sausage, along with fresh fruit, though no one spoke at first. Cade broke the silence. "I've got practice this morning." His dad looked at him and nodded. "Football, so they finally got you to join." He smiled at him. "I thought you were gonna say no." "I figure I can give it a try." Cade answered. "Don't neglect your studies Cade. I know you've got alot of other extracurricular activities, and that's fine. But you can't afford to fail in school." Cade sighed. "Yeah, Dad, I get it, keep the grades up or no sports." To be fair, Cade's grades weren't amazing, he wasn't a genius, but he got by. It helped that Sean was a genius, and they'd studied together often. Still, things had changed, and Cade wanted to not have to rely on his friends as much. One more resolution he'd made to himself, to do better in school. He didn't expect straight A's, but he wanted to get further from the eligibility border than he was. The only "real" subject he did well in was History, he'd always enjoyed that class. Biology was another he was better than borderline on, but the rest, not so much. Chemistry wasn't his strong point, and neither was Trigonometry. Those were the ones he needed Sean's help with most. Cade and Haruka were the first to finish, and he took her dishes. "Go get ready, unless you want to ride the bus." She did, and instead, he washed the dishes, and went to grab his school backpack. Miyakko surprised him, given how mad she'd been the night before by hugging him, "Have a good day today, Cade." She came out ready to go, and it was just before seven. Cade brought Haruka to school and then head on to practice. Some of the team he knew. They ran track or played baseball with him. It was this that was part of the reason he agreed to give this a try. His friends had asked him to do it as well. Seeing him come out ready to practice, Dylan and Mike both smiled. They ran track with him, and he nodded. They were both wide receivers, and Dylan played baseball as well. The coach came up, and looked to Cade. "So, I know you've got an arm, but that's with a baseball. I want you to do some throwing exercises with Dylan and Michael." The two of them were all smiles, and Cade nodded. "Sure thing Coach." He looked to where there were a half dozen footballs on the ground and started walking to it, with the two of them walking to either side. "We're just gonna run some basic routes Cade, just get the ball near us, we'll do the rest." Cade nodded. "Got it." Truth was, since this had first come up, and even before, Cade had practiced throwing a football. He'd hung up a tire, and was reliably able to put the football through the center, even when he was on the move. The two explained the routes they were going to run while all three of them stretched, and then took their positions. Cade yelled "Hut!" and off Dylan ran, at the exact moment he needed to, Cade let fly with the football, a perfect spiral that seemingly drilled into Dylan's chest exactly where he told Cade to throw. Again he yelled "Hut!" and Mike took off, with a repeat performance from Cade. The two brought the balls back, and both looked amazed and happy. "Christ, Cade, that almost hurt. I know I said drill it in, but damn." Mike chuckled. "let's run these abit more, then I want to see if you can hit longer throws." Cade nodded and smiled back to his teammates. "Sure." This was basics and fundamentals, but that was how you began. Even as the rest of the team was running through regular exercises, the coach was watching his new quarterback. "Kid's got a canon." The offensive coach nodded. "He sure does, If he's got that kind of aim under pressure..." He trailed off. "Yeah, this is gonna be a great season." It was right around seven fifteen, and they still had thirty minutes of practice.
  23. The ride home for the Allister family was a quiet one, but Cade could feel coming storm. Haruka glanced at him, and he smiled, though it was a grim smile. He and his father would go get his jeep tomorrow, and that would be at least one headache less to deal with. Cade head straight for the hose in the back yard, knowing he'd be the one to clean out where he'd sat later. He washed himself down with the cold water, the trying to get the worse of the previously dried gore and gunk off of himself, before he went inside. It stung of course, he wasn't unscathed, and the stinging water found every little place it could to send a jolt of pain through him. Haruka brought him some old towels, setting them by the back patio, which he used to dry off. Done with that first washing, Cade made his way inside, heading to the bathroom he shared with his sister. He was in there awhile, taking three times as long as normal to wash the grime, gore, and blood, careful to only use his towels, and letting the hot water warm him after his hosing down outside. "Goddamit." it was the first word he'd said aloud since leaving the hospital, "I hope Marissa is alright." he really should have actually said something, should have done something to actually try to stand up for her. He felt useless, just as he had when Cody had healed from the gunshot. But he hadn't done anything for Marissa, or Devin. His own mother's words had shocked him into inaction, and he'd failed to step up to help his friends. He pounded one fist on the wall hard enough that it knocked over a bottle of bodywash. "God, I'm a fucking failure." he groaned out, before getting on with cleaning himself up. His sister, who was in her room on the other side of that wall, heard him, probably the only person who could have, and whispered quietly, "No, you aren't." When he finally came out he had on some clean shorts, and a t-shirt, and his phone in his hand. He'd already shot off a message to Marissa, saying he was there, any time, if she needed him. He'd ended it with "I may not be able to come as fast as your brother, but if you need me, I'll be there." he meant it, and it made him smile. Then he realized that that could probably be taken another way, almost panicked, and just decided to live with whatever came from that too. He knocked on Haruka's door, but she wasn't there, instead he found his parents, sitting in the den, his sister seated next to his Mother, and it was obvious he was meant to sit beside his father. Miyakko waited for him to sit, and nodded once. "I think the two of you have alot that you need to talk about. Why don't you start at the beginning..." Cade looked to his father, and nodded. "Okay, Mom. So it all started..." It was half an hour later before Cade looked at her and nodded. "And that brings us to tonight. We crossed the dimensional boundary and fought the Dark in its realm. We won, saved Tawny and Sophia, and then came back home." He had omitted anything regarding branch 9 or Utopia, which was easier than he thought, since he didn't really know as much about them to begin with. "I see." Miyakko turned her gaze to Ian, and nodded. "You knew all of this?" Ian was abit shocked at everything that had happened, about the truth about Liam, and everything else. He'd truly only glanced the surface of what was going on, and a part of him was angry with Cade for keeping so much. "No, I didn't. I had an idea, but there has been alot more going on than I ever expected." He gave Cade a stern look, but shook his head. "It's alot for anyone to believe, anyone to live through, in so short a time. It's all the worse because it's a group of kids that includes my son." Cade looked at his father, who continued. "I do understand why you said nothing. We'd not have believed you. Hell I didn't want to believe, even after seeing what I saw, son. I'm sorry for that." Ian looked over to Miyakko. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you what I did know, I thought I was protecting you." Cade nodded. "I wanted to tell you at least what dad knew, but I just didn't want you to worry, mom." He was looking at his mother squarely. "When I did finally tell you, I screwed it up, and you thought I was just delusional from all the games." He looked over at Haruka, who had remained quiet. "I didn't tell you, because you'd have probably told everyone else." He smiled, and Haruka gave him a hard glare. She was clearly mad at him too. Miyakko sighed. "This is all alot to take in, I'm furious with both of of you, but I know you had what you thought were good intentions. Ian, I'm your wife. I plan to spend the rest of my life with you, I left my home and my family to come here, and start a family with you. You can Rely on me. That's something you had best remember from now on." She turned her gaze to Cade, and shook her head. "I know you and I have no blood ties Cade. Even so, you have been as perfect a son as a mother could ever ask for. You love your sister, and you love me, I've never doubted that. I'd always thought I was the sort of mother you could be open with, but I was clearly wrong. I'm mad that you didn't tell me sooner, that you've so recklessly endangered yourself when you're so precious to so many people. What I'm most mad about, is that you left tonight, knowing you might not return, and you left so much unsaid. If you hadn't come back, You would have hurt us, all of us, your friends, your grandparents, even Mr. Bancroft. You aren't someone who can just disappear and not leave a gaping hole in the lives of others son. Think on that, please." She was nearly in tears. "We can discuss your punishment in detail tomorrow, but right now I'm going to bed." Clearly there was no room for Ian, and he nodded. "I didn't get to eat since Lunch, so I'm going to fix something, then rest." When Ian had left, it was only Haruka and Cade in the den, and his little sister came to stand in front of him. "You can't do that again, Cade. I promise, I'll keep your secrets, for you and Mari and everyone, but don't shut me out. Don't leave me like that without..." Haruka began to sob, and Cade reached out instinctively to hug his little sister to him. He held her gently, letting her cry, and when she shed no more tears, he walked her back to her room. "Goodnight Haruka. I promise, it won't happen again." She offered him athin smile before closing the door, and Cade went to the kitchen. His dad had just finished making a pile of sandwiches, knowing full well Cade would eat some too. "Get the drinks." He said, as he took the plate stacked high with sandwiches to the den. Cade fixed them both large glasses of tea, and went to sit across from his Dad, setting his drink down in front of him, and sighing. "We both really screwed up." Cade said quietly. "We sure did." Ian answered. "What matters now is how choose to go forward from here." He gave him a look that said "I know you didn't tell us everything." and Cade nodded. "You're right dad, We all have to keep moving forward." "You're still going to be grounded." Ian looked at him, and there was a ghost of smile, as he finished another sandwich. "So are you, from the looks of things." Cade replied as he finished one of his own. Ian frowned, but raised his glass, an unspoken toast, acknowledging they'd both survived the ordeal, something Cade understood, and did in response. The two of them found a fishing show to watch, and both slept there in the den that night. Everyone had survived, and with the Dark gone, things would get brighter. It was a hope Father and son shared, as they both drifted off.
  24. Listening to the twins' mother rant and rage at the two of them, Cade felt no satisfaction, and when she got going on Marissa, he lost it, just abit. he'd been sitting in one of the wooden waiting room chairs that had been brought in, and it was an unspoken rule it seemed that no one would interfere with the individual family talks, there was no missing the loud crack as Cade's hand tightened on the armrest enough to break it free. The shock of having done that was enough for him to calm down just enough to avoid going over there. When their father intervened, Cade smiled. He didn't know him, but at least he saw that this wasn't really the time or place to tear a strip out of any of the kids. He was surprised Jason thought to interject, but what he said fit so well. He caught Marissa's gaze, asking without words if she wanted him to say anything, and she shook her head. It was clear he was mad, and ready to jump to their defense. He nodded, and remained seated, ready to get up should he need to. He had alot on his mind already, and explaining to his Mother, that no, he really hadn't been lying before, that was going to be hard. It meant that he and his father had both lied to her, at a time when she was already very suspicious of Ian's behavior. That tore at him, and his mood grew darker because of it. As if summoned by his darker mood, the door opened and Miyakko Alistair, accompanied by her daughter Haruka, entered, and Cade's eyes narrowed. He could read the concern in his mother's eyes, and no small amount of confusion. Normally a very kind and amiable woman, she would have stopped to check on each of the other members of the Fellowship, but instead she strode straight to her stepson, who rose from the chair, the armrest he'd broken off laying on the ground. Haruka walked behind her mother, quietly taking in the Fellowship, how they were injured, and some of the newer members. She stopped for a moment by Marissa and mouthed "You ok?" It was touching, in its own way that she would stop to check on her. Cade noticed, and smiled. He didn't mind, He did actually want the two of them to get along. Miyakko, over a foot shorter and perhaps only half as heavy as her towering stepson looked up at him, and lowered her eyes. "Sit Down, Cade. I won't do this with you towering over me." Obediently, Cade lowered himself back into the chair. Her gaze was hard as she looked at him, and she reached out placing a hand to his cheek. She couldn't stop the tears, Cade was bloodier than the others, his pants and shirt were torn, and he seemed to have alot of blood on him, but he just seemed so calm. "Are you really okay? How did this happen?" "I'm okay mom, mostly just some scratches, I got off alot lighter than some of the others." It was hard to believe, given how much blood there was. "Most of the blood isn't even mine." "I'm going to examine you." She said, her tone saying this wasn't a request. "You know they already have, Mom." He said, dryly. "That's fine. I am your mother, and I am not satisfied." Cade frowned, but didn't resist, as she began to examine him, it was true, he wasn't badly hurt, within a week there'd be little sign of his injuries barring a few scars. Still this was even more perplexing. "They told us you and your friends found the girl who'd been kidnapped, Sophia, and that you'd been in some sort of scrape, what exactly, did you do Cade, who did you fight, that you'd all be so injured like this." "We did mom, and she's being tended to. We brought back both girls who were taken." Cade answered her softly. She looked at him. "What happened?" He looked at her, even as she continued her examination. "Understand mom, I'm not having a moment, I'm not playing a joke on you, I'm being perfectly honest when I say this." he paused, steeling himself. "We went to another dimension, fought an ancient evil that was hell-bent on consuming us and destroying the town, and the many creatures it spawned in pursuit of this goal." "Twice in a day, Cade, really? I won't fall for it." She sounde very annoyed. "I wasn't lying just now, and I wasn't before either mom." "That's foolishness Cade, you and your friends are just a bunch of kids, exceptional in some ways, but just normal kids. There's no such things as super powers. I really thought you knew better than to believe all the manga you read and the shows you watch." Cade grunted at that. Sure, most there knew about it, but he knew Marissa and Devin didn't. Seemed like nobody's secrets were safe. "They heard someone at the adjacent bed clear their throat, pointedly. Looking over, Cade saw Jase extend a hand out to the side of the bed he was currently reclining on, the lean youth's eyes still closed. Flame sprang to life from his palm, causing Miyako to gasp audibly as it danced for a few moments before winking out, an empty clear plastic cup then floating from a nearby table to Jason's hand. As Miyako swayed alarmingly enough for Cade to reach out and put a reassuring hand on her shoulder, icy particles formed in the air above the cup, water condensing from the air and filling it. Still with his eyes closed, Jase took a drink. Miyako made the small stifled noise of a woman who had felt her sanity slip a gear but couldn't deny what she'd seen. Cade shot Jase a look. "Thanks for that." he said with a touch of irony. It had cut through a lot of red tape, but still... "De nada." Jase calmly took another sip of water, his lips twitching in the faintest of smiles. Haruka's eyes were as wide as saucers as, a moment later, she got over her own shock. "That. Was. Awesome!"
  25. My name is Eric Carson, It's a warm Montana morning as I sit in a small studio apartment with Cade Allistair, one of the main cast of Weirder Stuff. Looking around, the place is largely in line with my expectations, and across from me, my host smiles. Today Cade's made time to discuss his health routine, said to be the most extreme among the cast's, with for Men's Health journal. EC: "Good morning Cade." CA: Good morning Eric, thanks for waiting. EC: I take it you finished your morning routine already? CA: Yes, I get up early for fasted cardio, then a healthy breakfast, then an hour of weights, today was a strength day, so it went fairly fast." EC: So tell me, was it a big adjustment when you were cast?" CA: In some ways, yes. I grew up playing football, and baseball, so the role itself is pretty natural for me. I didn't look like I did back then so much though. The diet and workouts are much more targeted now. EC: So your workout is more or less intense? CA: Way more intense, in that I have to care far more about my diet, which is generally much, much healthier than anything I ate growing up. EC: Generally? CA: Gotta have cheat days, Eric. I just make sure to work harder to burn them off. EC: What is your diet like? CA: I go high protein, close to 5k calories a day, eggs in the morning, usually chicken and beef for lunches, and again for dinner, though I do like to switch up and cook some fish for variety. EC: what about protein supplements? CA: Yeah, I do at least two shakes a day, but I try to get most from what I eat, it certainly forced me to learn how to cook a larger variety of dishes. EC: You cook all your own food? where do you find the time, with the filming, and the workouts? CA: I make time, not like I've got anyone else to do it for me. I knew how to cook beforehand anyway, though I admit it wasn't the most healthy methods. Lots of fried foods, barbeque, and grilling. EC: Your cheat days? CA: Fried foods, seafood, chicken, and piles of bacon, pizza pretty much anything most find unhealthy. EC: You really take it serious both ways, don't you? CA: I work hard, and I play hard. EC: So you have a very intense workout, and you mentioned fasted cardio.... CA: Yes, I get up and run five miles before breakfast. I find that works great for really melting away any excess fat. EC: Even during filming? Do any of the others join you? CA: No, most aren't awake when I get up for it. EC: Does it bother you that they don't have to follow such a rigorous training regimen? CA: Not at all, we play different characters, and each brings their own difficulties with the role. I feel blessed in that Cade's life is very similar to how I grew up, so it's not hard to get into his mindset. EC: I see. What about all the animal scenes? CA: Well the best were actually the squirrels. They're tamed and well trained believe it or not. They've never bitten me. The ferrets however, are hell incarnate. I always end up getting bitten by them, and of all the animals, they've caused the most reshoots. EC: What about the badger? CA: That was different, but it was well behaved. EC: You've mentioned being similar to your character, do you share any of his hobbies? CA: Some, yes. I admit, I'm totally lost on the anime and Manga front, I remember watching some shows like Dragon BallZ growing up, by I'm not into it like he is. I Do love to fish and hunt, so I do share that. EC:What about your castmates? CA: well we do some things together, my favorite has been the RPGs. I wasn't really into them growing up, but the higherups thought we should all look like we know what we're doing, so they got us to play, and we still do so, even if that part of things has been more in the background in more recent episodes. EC: So you got into some of the "Nerdy" stuff too. CA: Well yeah, some of the others are way more into it than I am, and there is that whole time crunch issue, outside my rest/cheat days. EC: If someone wanted to follow your regimen, what would you say? CA: It works, but it requires commitment. Know your limits, everyone's are different. Do the best that you can. EC: That's pretty considerate of you. CA: Well in this day and age, it's not hard to find a good workout that's going to get results. This is mine, and if it helps anyone get into shape the way they want, well I think that's pretty great. EC: Thank you for your time Cade, and for allowing us to print your routine for those who are curious about the exact details. CA: You're welcome, Eric. Following the interview, a full breakdown of Cade's Diet and weekly workout plans are printed.
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