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Masks VI: Part 5

Part Five

"They can't just call this off!" yelled Stevens. "Not when we're actually winning!"

"That's politicians for you," said Basil, scowling. "More interested in public opinion than getting the job done."

He looked thoughtfully at Stevens for a moment.

"Looks like you get a reprieve. The big guys are too busy spin doctoring and covering up to worry about you and your mistakes for the moment."

Stevens glared at him, but kept quiet.

* * *

Masks VI: Part 4

Part Four

"They did WHAT?!" Randy shouted into the phone. "Why, those..."

"Please calm down," said Eve, firmly. "They're not in any danger and our attorneys are already working on the problem. I understand your concern, but do not go flying off to rescue them. They don't need rescuing."

Randy took a deep breath, and nodded.

"All right," he said, realizing Eve couldn't see him and was too far away to read him. "I'll stay out of it."

Masks VI: Part 2

Part Two

"Ow!" Blue Impact yelled, ducking back out of the way and shaking her hand like Jackie Chan. "What's that thing made of?!"

Her best punch hadn't even left a dent. Or slowed it. Or caused it to change course. Blue Impact had hoped to disable the thing before the two youngsters could engage, but that wasn't working.

"Monocrystalline molecularly aligned iron," said Gadgetive, busy assembling something. "Energia, can you lift it off the ground for me?"

"Sure."

Masks: VI: Part 1

Masks VI

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part One: Holiday Break

The first and second sections of this tale are actually set before Part V. The third section starts shortly after.

The Leader of the huRK and his council of advisors were in a closed meeting, discussing a follow-up investigation of something discovered by one of the Fleet Leaders some months earlier.

"If that is, indeed, Tolnar's son and heir this presents us with a potential opportunity," said the Leader.

Masks IV: Part 3

Part 3

The event, not surprisingly, was cancelled. Or, rather, postponed, the new date to be determined later. That didn't mean anyone there could leave right away, of course, since they still had to give their statements to the police.

"I'd ask you to keep us advised," said Annie, sighing, after relating what she knew, "but after the poor showing we made I wouldn't blame you if you told us to keep out of this."

Masks IV: Part 1

Masks Series IV: My Summer Job

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part 1

Note that this story is much shorter than any of the previous ones.

Team Members

Blue Dagger: Former sidekick ("Partner!") of the Red Rapier.

Fantasy Child: Actually thirty, but looks around 17. Mental powers.

Gloria: Strong, fast, tough, flies.

Shadowsong: Team mystic, with some mild physical powers.

'Toon!: They're... not really sure...

Masks III: Part 13

Part Thirteen: Realignment

"Well, that was unsettling," said Maddy Singleton, as she and her peers filed out of the meeting room nearly two hours later. "Bad enough that these people seem to think they deserve special privileges over and above what is granted to the average citizen, some of them aren't even citizens! I never could stand the English royalty, with their elitist airs and their eccentricities. Green hair?!"

"Uh, he's not English royalty," said one of her aides. "He's..."

Masks III: Part 12

Part Twelve: Saving Face

"I can't believe you're going to work with the Young Guardians," said Rubber Made, pouting a bit. "Luckyyyyyy... Do you have any idea what a prestigious situation that is?"

"Of course I do," said Energia, rolling her eyes. "I..."

She stopped, mouth open, expression first annoyed, then alarmed. Without explanation she closed her mouth and hurried to open a window, through which she subsequently flew.

"Guess she got a message from Eve," said Moondance. "Or maybe Glomahr."

South of Bikini 4: Episode 1- The Game is Afoot

Welcome back! Season 4 finds the Empress a diplomat helping to negotiate peace for an entire planet, but can it guarantee the Homeworld’s survival this time around? Will Alex finds new friends and some new facets to her gift as she and her sisters try to limit the destruction from Clemson’s rewriting time to fit his own academically opinionated knowledge of historic events? Can they find a temporal sanctuary from which to survive the resulting changes and extinctions?

Masks III: Part 8

Part Eight: Turnabout Intruder

The group in the assembly hall was an uneasy one. Nearly everyone looked exhausted and anxious. As they stood at the podium Lady Carver seemed to have more grey in her hair and even Eve appeared older. The agitation of the students didn't help matters.

"We have a list of students and staff who are known to have been captured," said Eve. "Copies of this and the lists of those who are in the infirmary or simply missing are being passed around. If you have a correction tell Andrea after this assembly."

Masks III: Part 7

Part Seven: A Corruption of Arms

The attack on the school began right on schedule. The only change being that the long-range bombardment was not directed solely to the Pine installations and super bases on the island; about ten percent pulverized an innocent section of jungle north of the bunker. This to draw the attention of those on guard there.

Masks III: Part 6

Part Six: Still Mortal

"You can relax," said Dr. Whiskers. "It's not cancer."

"Whew!" said Template, sagging with relief.

"I suggest you cut down on caffeine," said the other-dimensional feline. "That's the primary causative factor in fibrous breast lumps like this. I'd also suggest you self-exam more often. Don't leave it up to Colossa to find them for you. This one was large enough you should have found it weeks ago."

Masks III: Part 5

Part Five: Children of the Times

Maldren didn't quite breeze through the flyers' obstacle course, but he definitely did very well. There was applause and whistles from some of the others present, including the non-flyers who just liked to watch.

"Very good," said Eagle, recording the boy's score. "You're the fastest today, and among the top fifty."

"Top fifty runs, or top fifty flyers at the school?" he said, a bit of tension there.

Masks III: Part 4

Part Four: Schemes and Consequences

"You're telling me," said the man, barely able to keep from screaming, "that two billion dollar air superiority fighters with two three-million dollar missiles each couldn't shoot down one flying man?!"

That last actually was screamed.

"Think about what you just said," the General replied, confidently. "'One flying man.' This is someone with inhuman powers. Something not human. We still almost got him. We learned from this, Senator. We'll do better next time."

Masks III: Part 3

Part Three: Commencement

"Almost ready," said Andrea, sighing in tired satisfaction as she ended the staff meeting. "Some students have yet to arrive, but all prospects have been contacted, the dorms and most of the other facilities are ready..."

"Don't jinx it," said Junker, warily.

* * *

Well out into interstellar space, more than a full light year from Sol, a small huRK scientific vessel came across an anomaly. A manufactured one.

Masks III: Part 2

Part Two: Wonders and Exploitations

"I'm glad you checked in," said Eve, after Template delivered her report on the vampire girl. "We've got the farrier arranged for Cheiron, so you don't have to ask Chestnut about arranging one."

One reason for the personal report was that Eve was having a pre-semester meeting with some of the staff that afternoon. That gave Template the opportunity to tell her news to several of them at once.

Masks III: Part 1

Masks Series III

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part One: Acquisitions

"This is so cool!" said Energia, giggling like someone much younger than thirteen. "This has got to be the best Christmas gift ever!"

"We're barely out of the atmosphere, yet," said Template, smiling inside her helmet.

These second generation super space suits were much slimmer, lighter, more comfortable and, of course, more capable than the prototype Template had worn before.

"Wow," said Energia, falling behind a bit. "This is so..."

"You all right?"

In Good Spirits

aTimber Grove Story.jpgIn Good Spirits
a Timber Grove Story
by TGTrinity

On Halloween night a young man meets a friendly spirit that gives him a chance to be the girl he has always dreamed about becoming.

Author's Note:
This is the ninth story set in the "Timber Grove" series, but it is a stand alone story that you can follow without having read any other stories in the series. This is possibly my favorite story that I've written, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Story Themes:
Halloween
Wish Fulfillment
Magical Transformation

Masks II: Part 12

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Twelve

"Broken wrist, several broken fingers, broken knuckle, burns, contusions..."

"In other words, the usual post-Energex assortment," said Template, sighing. "I'm just surprised I didn't notice the wrist and knuckle. I mean, I must have done all that the first time I hit Energex... and I never even felt it until after I got here!"

Masks II: Part 11

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Eleven

"I don't get it," said Andrea, leaning back and kicking her shoes off with a groan of relief. "I thought the feds were so happy to have some of these kids here they promised to look the other way."

Eve's staff briefings tended to be informal. Some of those attending this one were in swim suits.

"I think it's a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing," muttered Invicta.

Masks II: Part 10

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Ten

"Hi, Karen!" said Randy, as she opened the door to her apartment. "Whoah, you look down. What happened?"

"Solange finally got her lawsuit filed," said Karen, sighing. "Within three days there was a slander countersuit. The psychiatrist has had several good-selling books and his publisher is not only helping pay for his lawyers, but insisting that he fight back."

Masks II: Part 9

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Nine

"Oh!" said Colossa, as they traded places in the bathroom of her quarters at the Intrepids' base that evening. "Solange finally decided to sue her parents and that psychiatrist. The team's law firm has agreed to take the case."

"I don't know if that's good or bad," said Randy, with a sigh, putting toothpaste on his brush. "There are some situations where trying to get justice only hurts everyone involved."

Masks II: Part 8

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Eight

"Why am I here?" said Repli-Kate, at 13 one of the youngest students currently in the school. "I don't change my shape. I just make more of me."

"Most standard power classification systems group self-duplication powers in a subfolder in the same folder as the subfolder for shapeshifting in general," said Binary, who was currently female.

Masks II: Part 7

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Seven

"Didn't you ever wonder why Dr. Hartford still doesn't connect you with Template?" said Karen, as they were getting dressed the next morning. "I mean, he knows your powers, and 'Template' practically shoves his face in it."

"He's even the one who first used the term template in connection with my powers," said Randy, nodding. "Truth is, a lot of these super geniuses don't just overlook the obvious, they scornfully reject it. Because it is obvious. Too easy for them, I guess."

Masks II: Part 6

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Six

Somehow, everything they needed for the first day of school was ready on time. One factor which helped was that they weren't currently accepting anyone younger than 13 this first year. The students were all in two dorms, one for males and one for females, with an adult monitor of the appropriate gender in each.

Stephanie, part 9

“Thank you all!” Becca yells into her microphone to the screaming crowd as we all wave happily. “Thank you all so, so much!”

“Thank you Glasgow!” I scream into my microphone, taking several deep breaths (despite my tight clothing) to rest my tired voice.

“We love you all!” Lauren yells into the microphone, her long, ginger hair pinned to her face with sweat thanks to our two hour long concert- our tenth in twelve days, and thankfully, our last for the time being.

Masks II: Part 4

Masks II

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part Four

Gadgetive was quite happy to see Template again but there was no time for a reunion. Template spread the map George had given them on the table in Eve's office. Template, Chestnut and Energia had all put their costumes on, which gave the psychological benefit of making this feel like an official team mission. Gadgetive was dressed, as usual, in an outfit which was a cross between a mechanic's, a photographer's and a hunter's.

Charlotte, part 19

“So… Yeah,” I say as the professional make-up artist applies a layer of adhesive to the tops of my ears. “Why, exactly, again?”

“It’s his favourite show,” Charlotte explains. “He’s done so much for us over the years, it’s only fair we throw him a party for once.”

“And he’s 55 this year, it’s as good a time as any,” Hannah says. “And the show’s celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, it just makes sense, really.”

A maid to play with

A year ago Michael eagerly watched Diane turn her husband into a submissive maid and pleasure slave. For months they enjoyed leading him deeper into the world of submission and humiliation. Now, he gets to experience Diane's power from the other side.

Soixante-Trois Airlines, part 11

“Thank you, please fly with us again!” Jessica said, a wide smile on her scarlet lips as she waved the hundred-plus passengers off the aeroplane. Most of the men and women simply ignored the American girl, tired as they were from their flight, but a few acknowledged her with a smile, making Jessica giggle happily. Once all the passengers has disembarked, Jessica returned to the aeroplane, straightening her tight red skirt and elegant pillbox hat before performing her post-flight checks.

“Ugh, I am sweating like a pig,” Abbey complained as she adjusted her own skirt.

Masks I O: New Life and Long Term Plans

Masks I O

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 16: New Life and Long Term Plans

Randy skirted the colorfully-foliated maple, flying upright and just fast enough to keep ahead of his pursuer. He could hear her calling to him in amused aggravation.

"Uncle Randy! You said you'd teach me flying!"

Masks I N: Confrontation

Masks I N

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 15: Confrontation

Theme music: "The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex.

"I asked you to meet with us because Bowman has noticed something in your training records," said the Black Mask. "Specifically, your training session from last night. You exceeded all of your previous records, most of them by a margin of more than 10%."

Masks I M: Exposure

Masks I M

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 14: Exposure

"Ready to relieve you, Solange," said Template, flying in for her turn at monitor duty. She settled gracefully to the floor beside the seat as the teen rose.

"Got some stuff saved for you," said Solange. She smiled. "I think you'll like 'em."

Masks I K: Homecoming

Masks I K

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 12: Homecoming

"My God," said Solange, breathing through her mouth as she helped the battered Template strip off her damaged costume in the women's locker room. "You're bruised all over! Not to mention smelling like you've been swimming in a sewer."

Masks I J: The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up

Masks I J

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 11: The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up

Those in the Intrepids' base paid close attention as the hurricane approached the coast, the main channel on the internal video system showing a live satellite image, others providing different data, including a network feed.

There were some other news items; President Thurlin's recent brush with death and the continued silence about his condition and his would-be assassin were chief among those. However, most of the coverage was about the storm.

Stephanie, part 8

“You don’t lie to me,” I sing in my low, sultry voice.

“You don’t lie to me,” Lauren repeats in her own rich singing voice.

“You don’t lie to me,” Kayla sings with a devilish look in her eyes.

“You don’t lie to me…” Adeola sings as we all so a single turn before we all throw our arms in the air.

“No more lies!” The five of us sing in unison, earning a thunderous rounds of applause from our producer Stuart and our choreographer Krystie.

“BRILLIANT,” Krystie giggles. “Choreography was spot on, well done, girls.”

Masks I H: Same As It Ever Was

Masks I H

by

Rodford Edmiston

Chapter 9: Ego and Odd

Note: Solange is a "like a human only moreso" type, with the addition of an "allure" power. This last seems to be a combination of projective empathy, pheromones and skill.

Template entered Colossa's room rubbing her arm and wincing.

"You okay?" asked the size-changer, startled to see her normally upbeat friend looking positively depressed.

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