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    A pure white void surrounded Moriah, empty aside from her and two other beings- the masters of this place, her summoners. They opened their closed eyes, and a glow that must have been made of the same stuff that colored the void around them seeped out; a material- no, an energy- that, much like the non-existent walls just out of Moriah’s reach, paradoxically made its presence known in that it was there, but could never be reached.

    “Moriah Stockton, Dreamer Sanguine in name,” one of them- a man- addressed as he folded his arms against his chest, “We have called you here, to the place of our respite, to issue you your ultimate mission.”

    “You will, as a master of Lucidity, perform a master’s greatest honor and duty; you will expose the secrets of your craft to a select set of students we have chosen for you to mentor,” the other, a woman, continued. She lifted her arms a little from her side, palms facing forward towards Moriah, as if she was trying to convince Moriah of the futility of any opposition to this plan. “You will carry out this duty with two goals in mind: the developmental well-being of your students, and the ability to detain the world’s strongest adversary, Vivid.”

    “Do you accept our summons, and your quest?” The man questioned.

    Like Moriah was really going to say “no” at this point.

    “I accept,” Moriah declared, standing up strait and looking her superiors in what would have been their eyes.

    The woman smiled. “Then it shall be set forth as we have stated. The council shall be notified.”

    “Now return to your rightful dwelling,” the man commanded, “and carry out the task we have given unto you.”

    Moriah nodded and turned around on her heels, walking a short distance before she vanished in a swirl of fog.


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    You had just graduated. This… this wasn’t right. You should have been at the rumored-to-be awesome party that the other fatigued were holding for all the graduates, but for some odd reason, you had been escorted away and placed in this cramped, uncomfortable room, only made worse by the tense silence that hung in the air. Aside from the two guards posted on either side of the only exit, there were nine of you in the room at the moment- nine graduates who, despite going to the same training facility, had only managed to gain a loose acquaintance with one another.

    Well this sucked.

    One of the men that had escorted you all here- he looked sort of important, if not just old- had told all of you that the reason you were here was that, despite the fact that you had graduated, you had been evaluated as “needing an extended amount of monitored time refining your abilities.” Like hell that was true- all of you had seen Dreamers who couldn’t do jack-didly-do-da in the academy, and yet they had been allowed the freedom of escaping training. So what was so different about you? So special?

    Not that any of you said this while the man was in the room; as a matter of fact, to each their own reason, but all of you were decisively quiet as the elder man (Councilman Something-or-other) explained the situation as vaguely as possible, told you to make friends with each other, and left, taking a small posse of guards with him. The only lasting thing that the man had really left behind was that someone was going to come meet all of you eventually, preferably sooner rather than later. As you sit there in the stony silence, you feel a tingling along your scalp, a warm shiver down the back of your neck. Was this someone trying to read you? Was it… one of the other people in the room?

    You had no way of knowing these things unless you actually tried to communicate with these people. The real question is, would you attempt to talk? Or sink into the comfortable shadows of anonymous silence? How would you handle these strangers that you had suddenly been forced to “get friendly” with?
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    "Jesus jackin' off a jaguar, this is some bullshit," Larissa Theotokis mumbled in an ostentatious stage-whisper. She chose not to sit in any of the nine chairs around the center table; instead she slouched against the white stucco of the walls, glaring at the door guards and idly twirling a long empty cigarette holder between her middle and index fingers. Her white bathrobe and ironic white bunny slippers would have nearly camouflaged her there, were it not for the dark olive tone of her bare face, hands, and ankles.

    "So who the hell are the eight of you?" she asked.

    Somebody started to respond. "Wait," Larissa interrupted. "I just realized I don't care."

    Larissa withdrew a plastic Coke bottle from the sleeve of her robe, twisted it open, stuck one end of her cigarette holder down the neck and began to loudly use it as a straw.

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    "Christ these people are loud," Vernon thought as he uncomfortably repositioned himself in his chair. He was used to it, the numerous different thoughts that escaped the heads of those around him, creating a mass of incoherent babbling: I think I've seen...Such a waste...be getting drunk...who are these. Almost impulsively, Vernon began to tap his finger to a monotonous beat on the table. Over the years he had adapted to work around his gift by focusing on random little things, such as taping his finger. He concentrated on the beat and slowly the sound began to subside.

    "Wait," a sudden voice said, "I just realized I don't care." Still tapping Vernon looked up and noticed the confused look on the face of the person had said something. He looked toward the girl; a ubiquitous blood red color emanated from her, common in most people Vernon observed. After loudly sipping her drink she looked towards the guards by the exit.

    Where is that fucking tapping coming from?, before the girl looked back at the table, he ended his concentration and allowed the flood of noise to consume the room once more.
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    An electrical vibe ran under Lace's skin as she observed the strangers around her in silence. Something unfathomable stirred in her eyes. Whoever that man was, there was something strange about him. She didn't like the clouded look in his eyes when he smiled - he was obviously hiding something. But then again, Lace always thought people were hiding things.

    Nor did she like the way an invisible black cloud hung in the air after he left without another word. Almost like they were being watched. She was told that they would be monitored to "refine her abilities". This was about her powers, for sure.

    But what about the other eight people here? Are they with him? Her thoughts were clouded from all the confusion, but she assumed her best shot at clearing things up were to get some answers.

    "Where are we?"

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    Arthur tried to hide his terror as he looked upon the empty chairs before him. It was probably some kind of test to see who would sit where and with how much confidence. He saw people moving towards the chairs, others rested themselves against the walls while Arthur stood motionless. The usual panic set in as he realised he had to make a decision. He shuffled awkwardly over to a corner and briefly considered standing facing the wall with his back to everybody for as long as he could get away with it. In the end he relented, turned and hugged his arms into his chest. He felt the usual squishiness that most people would attribute to his layer of fat, though Arthur knew that it was his body desperately trying to fall to pieces.

    "Where are we?" A voice spoke up, and Arthur instinctively looked down at his shoes and vowed never to look up again.

    Wherever it is that they fire people, Arthur thought. That's where we are.

    He really should have known better than to think that he could be accepted into an organisation like the Dreamers. It was only a matter of time before they recognised what a waste of space Arthur Smedley was. There had been a few comforting words on the way down, no doubt to placate the group, but he knew what was happening. This was probably the room where they wipe your memory and remove your lucid abilities before throwing you back onto the street to live your old miserable life. Arthur said nothing. He didn't want to offend anyone else here, just in case they hadn't figured it out yet. He couldn't help but wonder how they all managed to screw up as badly as him.

    At least I won't have to go to that party...

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    "Where are we?" asked the reddish-brunette kid in the middle of the room.

    "My first guess'd be 'execution chamber'," Larissa said casually, unlocking her lips momentarily from her drink and gesticulating at the guards with a free hand. "Or don't you four want to elaborate?"

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    Jules fiddled with a curl of hair as they said in mostly silence. She had gone for a slightly taller look than usual and her brown hair was in perfect glamorous curls, her lips a bright red that wasn't quite appropriate for something so serious as a graduation, and a glittery smokey eye look.

    She amused herself with changing the color of her nails from red to blue to glittery gold and back to red to match her dress under her graduation robes. She rolled her eyes at the party pooper supporting the wall.

    “Where are we?” someone asked, but Jules had a more important question.

    “Anyone see the new Deadpool movie?”
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    Lace's sapphire eyes darkened at the girl's words. She wasn't afraid of death, but she still had unfinished business to take care of here.

    Larissa gestured to the four guards. "Or don't you four want to elaborate?"

    They remained unresponsive, standing like statues. The corner of Lace's mouth twitched, but not from the lack of answers. This was an enclosed space. As far as she knew, her powers were weakened in places like this, especially around so many people. It's one of the reasons why she was half-glad she didn't join the party. But she needed to find a way out of here, fast.

    "Anyone see the new deadpool movie?" Another one spoke up.
    Something amused sparked in Lace's eyes.

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    "'Deadpool'? The fuck's that about, a haunted natatorium?"

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    Jules grinned. "Oh man, you don't know about Deadpool? You are missing out. After whatever this is I need to take all of you who haven't been introduced to the movie."
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    "As you have not committed any crimes against the people of the world, it is against our code and oath to kill you. Those of you that have committed such crimes are being properly regulated." All four of the guards were of an equal, intimidatingly tall height, as were they all wearing black glasses, but the one who was talking raised an eyebrow as he spoke. "You have no death or termination to fear here."

    "The only 'termination' you could experience here," the guard on the other side of the door interjected, "is the termination of any amount of relaxation in your lives. Personally, I would try and relax now, because given that the rumors are true...."

    All of the other guards looked at the one that was talking, who then proceeded to shut up. They all returned to their original positions, like they were mannequins-turned-golem, ready to spring to life again should the need arise.

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    Lace's eyes darted around at the sudden interruption. She looked like she had just seen statues come to life... Oh wait, that's right. Her brows creased together. "Is that it?"

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    What is that supposed to mean? Arthur was finding it a little difficult to breathe properly. He swallowed, and a globule of his esophagus slipped out of position and went along for the spit-ride. He choked, coughing and spluttering until the inside of his throat sprang back into position.

    He hoped nobody had noticed, and refused to look up to check.

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    "No 'crimes against the people of the world'? I dunno, Mr. Hoodie-and-Tracksuit over there looks pretty desperate to hide something," Larissa retorted before continuing to suck down her Coke.

    "Oh man, you don't know about Deadpool?" the shapeshifting girl said eagerly. "You are missing out. After whatever this is I need to take all of you who haven't been introduced to the movie."

    "I think I'll stick with the imminent death, but thanks," said Larissa.

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    Lace suddenly leaped to her feet, making Arthur jerk in surprise.

    "I've had enough of this. Hey, you!" Lace marched to the four guards, feeling the walls start to close in around her. "I want to talk to whoever the fuck is in charge."

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    "No, trust me, you don't," said Larissa. "The disciplinary heads here are pretty painful conversationalists, and in my experience that's a competitive field. Besides, they're not gonna tell you anything that I can't. We're obviously here because our behavior got us suspected of turning into Vivid 2.0's. You ever heard back from the people who 'leave' Dreamer Basic? I sure as hell ain't."

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    "You just did," one of the guards-one that hadn't talked before- stated bluntly at Lace.

    "The man that just left the room was Councilman Anderson White, the current head of the Council of Dreamers," The only other guard that hadn't spoken said. "How did you not notice that? Didn't you all just graduate?"

    "Enough," the guard that had stated that none of you would get killed commanded, and all the talk amongst the guards stopped at once.
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    Lace visibly ground her teeth together and backed away. She needed air, but she wasn't about to expose her weakness to anyone. So she clenched and unclenched her fist and returned to her seat.

    Whatever 'talk' he gave them didn't provide much details, if at all. She took Larissa's words into consideration. She'd done things in the past, but now wasn't the time to get mixed up in accusations.

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    Larissa did her best to suppress a giggle at Lace's visible discomfort. Just as planned. How much easier do marks even get than this?

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    Lace crossed her arms, chewing on the inside of her cheek.
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    The growing awkward silence drew attention to slight stirrings of another figure; previously successfully camouflaged by a combination of inertia and a minimally expressive appearance.

    Gently swinging his chair back onto all four legs and untangling his fingers, the man in the corner glanced around placidly.

    "Hey sorry kinda fazed out there. What'd he just say? Sounded important."
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    "Eyy, see this guy?" Larissa said, pointing at the man in the corner with her free hand. "This guy knows how to sit back and accept his fate. Watch and learn, folks."

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    He chuckled and rubbed his neglestubble.

    "Heh. Yeah. -I'm Alex by the way. We've already gone round doing names right?"
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    Fallon, who had been trying to stand tough earlier, dropped her gaze and hunched over. She grabbed on of her braids and pulled on it furiously. She kept her eyes down-cast as spoke: "Why are you acting in this fashion?" She pulled harder on her braid as she continued: "You...you're just trying to scare us." (Btw the way, her speech was directed at Larissa, and she was too busy trying to work up the guts to say that much to pay attention to what Alex said.)
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    "Don't waste your breath girl," Vernon managed to say as he cracked his knuckles one by one methodically. "Name is Vernon by the way." By this point he was developing quite the nasty headache from the chaotic noise around him. "Anyone have some Advil?"
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