Costumes and Masks

Stormwall: Chapter 1

The cautions given here are for events described in the long background portion in the middle of the piece.

I could have told this story without all that background info, but she was visiting family, and catching up on everything related to them.

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As short a time as a week ago, I thought everything was just as it should be. I was a young male in my junior year of high school, a strong member of our track and field team, and I was doing pretty darn well in my classes, only one B grade in the previous semester.

Masks 17: Part 1

Masks XVII: Part One

by

Rodford Edmiston

Fallout

This story is partly a catch-up with folks and events in the Masks universe following the War and partly the culmination of a subplot which has been brewing for several years in both real and story time. There will definitely be more on this in later stories.

Part One

Masks 16: Part 3

Masks Sixteen: Part Five

by

Rodford Edmiston

"Why would someone say that?! I mean, yeah, Maldren and I are lovers, but so what?! We both fought to defend Earth!"

She was sitting in the office of President Sievers' assist Gompers, a few blocks from both the White House and the Capital. He had personally invited Energia to stop by later in the day as she was making ready to leave the awards ceremony.

Gompers paged through the folder on his desk until he found some loose cards. He selected one and handed it over the desk to the upset super.

Masks 16: Part 2

Masks Sixteen: Part Three

by

Rodford Edmiston

"Could you do some narration, please?" said Schmidt, still recording as he walked at the rear with the camera, which now had the large, top-mounted lamp turned on. "I am not a veteran videographer, and wish to concentrate on this process."

Masks 15: Part 8

Masks Fifteen: Part Fifteen

by

Rodford Edmiston

Suddenly, Energia collapsed. Not because she had failed; because she had succeeded. There was Zeep, casually taking the load which had almost killed her. The President quickly moved to help the girl.

"Sorry to take so long," said Zeep, looking at Energia. He turned to the President. "I am limited to the speed of light in traveling."

He turned towards the trio of scientists.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 10/10: Finale

As the city-wide disaster looms, Prodigious Girl, still battered and bruised from her fights at the Sanctuary, must stand alone against the forces that threaten to destroy everyone she loves. But how can she hope to prevail against an enemy who knows her better than she knows herself?

Masks 15: Part 7

Masks Fifteen: Part Thirteen

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Rodford Edmiston

"How's Moldaria doing?" I asked, tiredly, of both Gazer and the masterminds, once Rocker was back with us. Like most of us in this little task force I had created, he was wasted from fatigue, but exultant. Six times in six hours had stressed him to his superhuman limit, but each foray had been a major success.

He wasn't the only one feeling upbeat over our work. All of us were surprised at both how much need there was for it, and how much it was helping.

Nikki, part 27

I take several deep breaths to clear my head as the smartly-dressed man looks at me with serious eyes. In all my life, I don’t think I’ve ever been as terrified as I am now…

Identity Crisis - Chapter 9/10: Assault on Paradise

PG, Prodigy, and Trixie find themselves as the last line of defense against the impending catastrophe that faces the city. Outnumbered and outgunned, they take the fight to the Sanctuary where they also encounter an old enemy.

Small Mercies

Matthew Carter was alone, his twin brother Ryan gone, and it was Matt's fault. When his twin crother had manifested as a mutant, things had gone to hell, and now the specter of inevitability hung over his own head. Born to a family who reviled mutants, Matt's survival will depend upon the winds of fate blessing him with a chain of small mercies.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 8/10: Revelations and Recriminations

Prodigious Girl, furious at what happened to her, confronts Prodigy. Meanwhile, the full nature of the plot against the city is revealed, and shocking revelations expose its unexpectedly personal connections to our heroes.

Virtually Feminine - Part 2 - Falling

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Sorry for the delay in writing this second chapter, RL involving my mother-in-law and a dog got in the way, but that's another story :-). Jez falls for Fee some more in this chapter.

Masks 15: Part 3

Masks Fifteen: Part Five

by

Rodford Edmiston

"Congratulations!" said Brade, when she encountered the President the morning after the election.

"Thank you," said Sievers, with little enthusiasm.

"What's wrong?"

"Oh, she's just now realizing this means she has to keep working here," said Howers, with a laugh. A few of the others in the room gave tired laughs or chuckles.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 7/10: The Longest Day

Rebuffed by his superhero mentor, Chris takes matters into his own hands to investigate the mystery. As friendships and alliances start to crumble, Chris is driven to make some rash decisions that have disastrous consequences. (Fair warning, this chapter gets pretty dark and delves into some uncomfortable situations. But it’s always darkest before the dawn!)

Masks 15

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Randy sighed and stretched as he entered the shower. These days, he was Template more than Randy. If he hadn't retired the Revolutionary he might even be spending more time as her than himself.

Myself, he thought, as he washed. Why is that pronoun so complicated for me?

Masks XV


by
Rodford Edmiston

Masks 15: Part 1

This story takes a very different tone. It is also fairly short.

Masks XV

by

Rodford Edmiston

Part One

"Some things carry over," Randy muttered, as he examined his bruises in the bathroom mirror of the island bungalow. "This would be one of them."

In a very real sense, they were actually Template's bruises.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 6/10: Friends, Foes and Opportunities

A fight at school leads to changes for Chris even as he gets some unexpected good news as Prodigious Girl. Meanwhile, his best friend Caleb uncovers some information that leads to deeper questions about the plot that threatens the city.


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Identity Crisis - Chapter 5/10: Here to Save the World, Dressed Like a Girl

Forced to pretend that he likes wearing girls’ clothes in order to protect his secret identity, Chris has a difficult time now that friends, family, and schoolmates all believe him to be transgender. Meanwhile, a chance encounter uncovers a mystery that has potentially far-reaching effects for the entire city.

The Book of Darwin

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Three odd faces were accompanying the Whateley Outcast Corner crowd, and he didn’t bother to shift his head to take them in. He did let the camera mounted on his shoulder, hooked into the jack on his neck swivel to supplement his odd perceptions.

The Book of Darwin

A Whateley Academy Adventure


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Joe Gunnarson

Identity Crisis - Chapter 4/10: Victoria's Secret Identity

Chris's rocky relationship with his superhero mentor leads him to consider alternatives. But his real troubles begin at home when his parents discover the stash of girls' clothes he's been using to maintain a secret identity as a heroine and they jump to awkward and embarrassing conclusions about his clandestine activities.

The Book of Darwin: Chapter 2

The Rager's Night March is over. Caitlin's found some peace, but the volatile girl's still leaning very heavily upon her friends for support. Christmas shopping with supervillains and heroes and why is there a Reality TV crew there?

But all in all it's going to be an Outcast Christmas, and then you all can watch the celebration as the Reaper ushers in the death of the year.

Masks 14: Part 6

Masks Fourteen: Part Eleven

by

Rodford Edmiston

The two men were long-time friends, though they were normally separated by an ocean and a continent. It wasn't often these days that the Guardsman - who was based in California - and the very British Walrus met in person. This was one of those times and they were putting it to good use.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 3/10: When the Student is Ready...

Chris (as Prodigious Girl) finally meets Prodigy and convinces the aging hero to let him become the old man’s new sidekick. But winning Prodigy’s trust may be even more difficult than surviving his tutelage!

By Jenny North
Artwork by Fraylim and Splutt

Unseen People - Chapter 6

Unseen People

A strange girl appears in the dead of night. She can’t speak or remember where she has been, what could her secret be?

Jack gets a new job, a costume, a hat and a new friend

Thanks to Robin, Chris and Jess for all their help and to everyone who reads and reviews! A special thanks to Brooke Erickson who's comment on an early chapter has led to a big plot point in this chapter.

Chapter 6

Masks 14: Part 5

Masks Fourteen: Part Nine

by

Rodford Edmiston

"Ugh," said Energia, as she considered the problem one more time. Then, more loudly, "Anybody here able to help me with an electronics question?"

"I thought you were electrical," said Alex, smirking, as she looked away from the wide screen TV in the common area towards the young super.

Identity Crisis - Chapter 2/10: Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Desperate to prove himself and track down his mentor, Chris embarks on his new career as a superheroine and makes some new allies. But when he picks a fight above his power level in order to make a name for himself, his embarrassment over being a girl may soon be the least of his worries!

By Jenny North
Artwork by Fraylim and Splutt

Identity Crisis - Chapter 1/10: Confessions of a Teenage Hero(ine)


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Before we begin, an important note about the tone of the story. I started it as a whimsical romp, a superhero action comedy with a TG twist. But along the way it became apparent to me that at its heart it's a coming of age story, with all of the wrinkles that entails.

The Book of Darwin: Chapter 1

It's Christmas vacation, and Outcast corner is headed to Australia! With their vacation in Darwin planned and transport secured on a VERY heavily modified Hero Team transport plane, our intrepid heroes will discover the answers of many questions that have been alluded to before. What is the past of the Artificers? What remnants of the Five-Fold Court fall across the landscape? What is the Dream? Who is that adorable little boy who insists that spined raptors are appropriate riding animals??? What happens when Jericho learns of what nightmares haunt Caitlin in her waking hours that were born under the Australian sky?

I offer you, The Book of Darwin.

This is a Whateley Academy Canon Story

Masks 14

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"Well, it's official," said Energia, sourly, as she and the others managed to enter the upstairs hall at about the same time on the way to breakfast. "I'm a C-cup. Knew things were getting tight around the chest, so I measured, first thing this morning."


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by
Rodford Edmiston

Ashes & Steel

Caitlin Bardue has lived an interesting life, but the time for wondering has come to a close. She thinks she has the piece of the puzzle she needs, and if she's right, her freedom, her life, her very SOUL will be hers to keep. If she's wrong, she faces the worst nightmare of annihilation. She will annihilate her own will. Where can the answer come from? She will find it buried in Ashes & Steel.

Disclaimer: If this story is to make sense, you need to read Upheaval 1-3, and Call the Thunder 1-7.

This is a Whateley Academy Canon Story.

Call the Thunder: Chapter 7

Sometimes, when like hands you lemons, it's time to retaliate. With Imperious trying to get his claws on Caitlin and trying to intimidate Razor and Jericho, Razor finds himself involved in his OWN combat final... and the final chapter of Call the Thunder.

This is a Whateley Academy Canon Story

A Turn On The Pathway To Citizenship

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I remember well that summer day when my whole life changed for the second time. I came home from playing video games with my friends and no one was home. I went through the house, looking for my grandparents, but they were nowhere to be found. Then I saw two tiny spots of blood on a shower curtain and smeared on the upstairs bathroom floor.

A Turn On The Pathway To Citizenship
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Warm Hearted

Masks 13: Part 21

Masks Thirteen: Chapter Forty-One

by

Rodford Edmiston

Vic sat on the bleachers pretending a calm she didn't feel. She knew what Dorton looked like, of course, having seen photos of him. Vic was surprised, though, when he came on stage; he seemed older, more worn. Less energetic. Less there. Once he started talking, though, those changes seemed to reverse. He was one of those speakers who was energized by an audience, even an unfriendly one. This one started mostly neutral, but soon warmed to the speaker.

Call the Thunder: Chapter 6

It's not easy, being an Outcast. Today, it seems Caitlin will finally be going through her Combat final. So will Fey! Just... not against each other. And annoyingly, Imperious seems to think it's time to make his play to take the Artificer.

Masks 13: Part 20

Masks Thirteen: Chapter Thirty-Nine

by

Rodford Edmiston

"Looks like you got hit here, too," said Doro, removing the wire from Vic's costume while Ray bandaged her leg. "Here and here, too."

"Thought those were punches or something," said Vic, poking the holes with a fingertip. "They were all into the composite plates, fortunately."

"Those guys must have been shooting center of mass," said Ray, nodding. "Just like they're trained. Which is why trauma plates are put there."

Call the Thunder: Chapter 5

As the kimbas and outcasts get to know each other, things keep building up in the background that threaten both training teams. Battling would-be oppressors and bigoted students is on the menu as Outcast Corner continues trying to navigate the insanity.

Call the Thunder: Chapter 4

Caitlin's trying desperately to cope, Razorback & Jericho are hunting to cause trouble and today is finally Diamondback's Combat Final.

What is the Crash, and why are the Outcasts in it?

Why is Diamondback pitted against Hekate?

Call the Thunder: Chapter 3

Lions and tigers and Voodoo-Wolves, oh my!

With the end of the battle Jericho returns to Whateley while Caitlin's bottled-up emotions begin to bleed and boil over. Sometimes you need to get whacked over the head for common sense to impose itself back onto your life.

Call the Thunder

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“About eight or nine years go a young-blooded Lance Corporal wrote a tactical essay on the use of mutants in the military and the difficulties in combating them. That paper was classified Eyes-Only for four years before it was released to the general public. I’m sure you are familiar with it. ’mutant Shock and the Modern Infantryman' I believe it was called.”

Call the Thunder


by
Joe Gunnarson

Call the Thunder: Chapter 2

Combat Finals have begun. The Outcasts and their friends prepare for their time in the wringer while Heyoka makes a mockery of her opponent. Unfortunately between the "Voodoo Wolves" that Jericho named, and the various weird things on campus, it's easy to lose track of what's going on.

Masks 13: Part 18

Chapter Thirty-Five

Monstro wasn't all that badly damaged, but it was ruled by both one of the FBI men and Vic herself to be unsafe to drive until repaired. Vic was pretty sure her insurance wouldn't cover that. She didn't regret her actions. She'd stopped the man who was stalking her!

Oddly, now that the van had lost its cameo pattern it appeared to be a sort of light gray.

Call the Thunder, Chapter 1

It was that time dreaded by every teen, when the boys become men, and the women become women. Or maybe it was just the Special Hell created by the Whateley staff to gauge the students' capacity to survive an assault by people who might hate mutants. In any case, the Outcasts and Team Kimba are forced to face the dreaded event: Combat Finals for the first time!

Upheaval

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"Look Erik, you're the best range hand I got, and a damned good Marine. You know that, otherwise I'd have never offered you the job. But I don't want to lose any more people than I already have. I like you a lot, and the rest of the Crisis Team, and the monkeys down in security are getting worried. So. Tomorrow, you're going to take the day off, and then you are going to go see the doc on Thursday. Full battery of tests, so try not to kill the docs."

Upheaval

Upheaval Chapter 3: New Friends, New Problems

Life's never so interesting as when you find out that you've defected in the gender wars involuntarily, but when you find out that the change can also carry the price of your very freedom? Welcome to Erik Mahren's Nightmare.

Oddly enough, becoming an outcast just might be what saves her.

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