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Moment of Awesome - Angelo Espinosa/Skin: Navigating the Harry Potter scenario, Angelo finds his challenge more fun than difficult.


"No burning involved," Angelo promised. "...well, not because of my powers, anyway. I call it the Flying Squirrel. If I stretch my skin out, I can glide."

Marie-Ange carefully stepped away from where she had leaned, and the stone block slid back into the wall. "Oh, how fun." She muttered darkly. "It is a cooperative game. We get to try to find the secret places to press so Angelo does not fall to his death." She leaned back against the wall, arms crossed, and the stone slid back out. "Quidditch is a stupid game and the points make no sense."

Jean-Phillipe would have teased his cousin about her cynicism, but he was too busy fretting over the idea that Angelo might actually fall to his death. Despite knowing that he was not an eleven year old, some of an eleven year old's struggle with managing emotions was rubbing off on him, clearly. "Be safe," he instructed Angelo, leaning in to kiss him on the cheek and squeeze his hand before darting away and blushing.

Angelo gave him what was meant to be a reassuring smile but came out as more of a grin, clearly looking forward to doing this again, and turned to start climbing the wall, pausing at times to wait for the others to make another block jut out.

"Uuuuh okay, okay," Alex said with as much confidence as he could muster, watching Angelo and gently testing out parts of the wall and finally finding one that jutted for Angelo to jump to. "Ha! This would be way more fun than rock climbing in the real world."

Stephen couldn't stop himself as he joined Alex, staring up at the wall in awe as he nodded his head seriously, his dark eyes flicking over his section of the wall as his lips moved. "It would be pretty awesome...I call dibs on the next climb!"

Narrowing her eyes, Hope carefully mapping her own section of the wall. She didn't find any section that seemed pushable, but there was a small hook in the middle. Shrugging she tugged it gently and was rewarded by the sound of several blocks retreating into the wall. "Sorry!" She called out. "Got the wrong thing."

Angelo, who had been standing on one of those blocks, yelped in alarm but was close enough to the top of the wall to latch his skin on before it slid out from under him. "Okay, it's okay... just got to pull myself up."

He had been flitting back and forth, charting Angelo's progress, and trying not to hover over each person helping with Angelo's climb, but after the blocks retreating from the wall, Jean-Phillipe took it upon himself to press the last few sections that opened Angelo's way to the final part of the maze.

"Are there puzzle keys? Do they fly around like very stupid hummingbirds?" Marie-Ange yelled up to Angelo. "I think the movie and book were both the same for this one, one with a bent wing?" For someone who proclaimed to hate everything about this series, Marie-Ange did seem exceptionally knowledgeable about it. "Although perhaps one that looks like a sugar glider, or bat, or monkey, something symbolic and easily guessed by children and even more easily guessed by adult sociopaths!"

“There are keys”, he confirmed, “...and there’s one with bat wings. But if I jump off and glide near enough to catch it, I’m not sure how I’ll get back.”

"Isn't there like... IDK a spell or something that could cushion him?" Alex asked, looking around. "He jumps to grab the key, Actual Magic Boy can catch him and get him down safe?"

"Wait what? I don't like that nick...actually I do like that nickname cause that makes you Not-Actual Magic Boy," Stephen grinned at Alex before transferring his gaze up to Angelo who was getting forever further away. "I mean, if he falls I think I can catch him, you know, if I can react in time at least."

"Wingardium Leviosa." Marie-Ange muttered. "Angelo, get the key and then glide down as best you can, Potter here will slow your fall." She was clearly seven books, eight movies, a stage production and two terrible prequels -done- with this. "Really, I hate this series why do I have to remember all of the spells?"

Angelo perched on the top of the wall, stretched his fingertips out as far as they would go, and waited for the bat-winged key to fly within reach. A crow of triumph announced that he had it, and he stood up and shuffled around to face them. “This bit’s always fun!”

Stephen couldn't help grinning in reply at the look on Angelo's face, his wand pointing unerringly at the man as he saw him leap from his perch. How'd it go in the movies, flick and swish? Hop on one foot? Do the hokey pokey and turn around? With a swish and a flick of his wand the boy took a step forward. "Wingardium Leviosa."

Angelo stretched out his skin into "wings" to do his part in guiding his fall, but Stephen's spell buoyed him up so that he had time to glide. The grin didn't leave his face well after he'd settled back to the ground and was turning to open the door.

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March 22


2004: Moira and Nate fall into bed and don't just rest. Marie-Ange and Doug are terribly cute at the airport when she returns.

2005: Jean sleeps in the Box in order to shield herself from the minds of the school; Scott and Jean talk. Rahne helps Catseye achieve Slightly Bigger Cat form. Thermopylae: Alison has nightmares; Hank and Kurt discuss doubt and faith; Nathan has nightmares about the death of his friends; Alison and Anika mourn; Nathan tells Kurt to confirm the death of the operative Radonic before blaming himself for it. Emerald Isle: Sean emails Terry suggesting they go to Cassidy Keep for a vacation; Terry gets a mysterious letter from Ireland.

2006: Bobby stops by to see Lorna and get some advice and comfort; Lorna is deeply unimpressed but not unsympathetic. Nathan comes across Ororo taking out her frustrations on the punching bag. Turns out that she could use someone to talk to, rather badly. There's a price to be paid when you're working so hard to hold it together for the sake of your friends who can't. Forge considers the idea of being sponsored by engineering companies to do a business degree. Lorna does not get into Berkeley. Kyle turns sixteen and gleefully lists his presents. Not So Plain Jane: Out and about in the city, Jane decides to have a little fun and Jamie is the closest target; how well this one goes for either of them would be hard to judge; Jamie worries about his and Kitty's future after running into Jane; he also tells Alison and Ororo about the encounter; later, Jane runs into Betsy at her lawyer's office and they bitch at each other.

2007: The 10th Kingdom: Back in New York, Remy takes Marie back to the school whilst Amanda gets an unconscious Betsy back to the brownstone; Charles posts to the staff journal about Marie having Betsy's telepathy; Amanda emails Haller to tell him about Betsy's condition; Garrison goes to check on Marie, and she picks up that he likes her more than just a friend; Nathan helps Marie shield; Logan also drops by with his own brand of checking up. Angelo announces his trip at the same time Amanda announces her return. Wanda emails Nathan about Angelo's working trip and plans are laid to get Amanda out there too. Homecoming: Bobby and Terry announce their move to Ireland. Crystal invites Monet to Attilan for the weekend.

2008: Victor comes to the school for the grand tour and meets Tommy, confusing him with his interest in the other boy.

2009: Catseye barges in on Jay in the washroom, but it turns out to be a good chance for them to talk and reconcile. Adrienne runs into Jake at the brownstone and winds up being asked on - and accepting - a date. In the gym, Cammie pushes Julian to let go with his powers and it results in a broken punching bag and a clean up job from Kyle. Jay gets cooking lessons from Jean-Paul. Cammie encounters Jean-Paul having a late night swim in the lake and they talk about scars and field trips.

2010: Kyle drops by the brownstone so Doug can fix his laptop and they talk about Forge's non-contact before deciding sparring is a good way to vent. Doug posts about getting a voicemail from his family saying they are going to visit his workplace.

2011: Jan, affected by Laurie's powers, has sex with Kevin; Kevin later goes jogging with Amara. Molly discovers Marius lying injured in the snow and pokes him with a stick. Kyle brings Marius back inside and fetches Crystal, who clears the air inside the mansion while Laurie is shocked to realize that her filter has broken. Yvette posts to the journals, mentioning that she spent the night with HeliX. Laurie posts to x_grads about her powers mishap, revealing the cause of the previous night's events. Some of the grads are distinctly annoyed, whilst others are more sympathetic. Yvette emails Laurie about the powers accident, saying Laurie ought to apologize to those affected. Crystal invites Warren out for dinner. Vanessa texts Warren about being jetlagged, insomniac and in Wales. Kyle gives Marius one free lunch to be paid by Laurie. Kevin emails Laurie, explaining that he's okay about her powers accident the previous night. Marius gives Laura a bottle of vodka and apologises for jumping out the window.

2012: Vance emails Layla to thank her for the cookies. Terry and Sam take a run together, talking about relationships and breakups. Lorna ambushes Scott and asks for his help in getting a car. X-Men Mission: Amid These Storms: Bevatron, posing as a mutant smuggler, takes his three 'captives' - Penance, Wallflower and Rocky - to the pre-arranged meeting point to wait for the buyers; Cannonball and Wildchild, with Agent Brand, keep watch for the arrival; the mercenaries arrive, but are suspicious and the trap is sprung; the X-Men draw fire away from the younger team members and set about capturing the mercenaries; the mercenaries who are captured turn out to be dupes with no idea of what they were really doing; outside, Cannonball and Wildchild spot two suspicious figures and with Brand, take them into custody.

2013: New arrival Frank Ludlum is met by Clint and showed to his suite. Matt announces he has moved to a senior suite, sharing with Meggan. Adrienne posts to her journal from the medlab, focussing more on sport than on her condition; Tandy visits Adrienne and they talk about Adri’s vision of the couch; Adrienne asks Clint, Maddie and Sue to keep an eye on Tandy and emails Tandy to make sure she’s okay. Clint texts Maddie and Billy about the newcomer. Jean emails Scott about changes to their vacation plans.

2014: Lorna posts about being sick and asks Jean if they have biosuits in the Medlab for Angel. Ty posts about being hungry and asking people for tacos. Jubilee mails North about going to the Ukraine. Laurie posts about the TV show The Walking Dead.


2015: Warren and Sue meet and spend quality time after a society party. Angel complains about the addictiveness of a new online game featuring cats and catnip. Kyle announces that he is on his way back from Australia. Jubilee finds Miles has made an obstacle course in the gym and of course has to try it.

2016: Bobby has issues with his computer when it posts something on the journals and not to google. He texts Miles about this.

2017: Megan muses on [a pebble she found.

2018: A bored Jubilee asks for a crochet challenge. Hope asks Warren for a report she needs.

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