10:00AM | April 8 2012
A woman of twenty-seven years dropped herself down into the high-backed chair behind her ebony wood half-moon desk. Her bare toes dug into the thick, sky-blue carpeting which coated the floor as she scooted forward and placed folded hands atop myriad scattered piles of papers. Her black hair was pulled back in a tight ponytail, with bangs hanging down to either side of her soft, angular face.
The office was empty, save for a tall man dressed relatively formally. His face was broader than normal; his complexion rough and uneven. He adjusted his tie, which bore upon it an image of a stegosaur waving about its thagomizer and cleared his throat. "You rang?" His eyes wandered, as they often do. He particularly noticed the odd assortment of toy sharks which littered the woman's desk. He figured it an odd thing to collect.
The woman nodded curtly, her bangs jarring a bit from the jerky motion. The middle finger of her right hand adjusted her gold-rimmed glasses on her nose as she explained, "Yes. Get Simmons and Dawson and head for the foyer. I'll be sending out the order soon."
"Ah, the team's ready to assemble?"
She folded her long fingers together again and pushed her mouth off to one side. With a defeated shrug, she dropped back into her chair, limp. "Well, no. Not even close!" She threw up her hands, exasperated. "But Daddy's bearing down on me to get 012-3 ready. Says he has 'big plans' for them." She encapsulated big plans with air quotes. "Guy's inscrutable as ever. I just wanna show him that..." She slowly righted herself in the seat and nodded, her face tightening with conviction, "That I can handle this responsibility."
The odd man with his dinosaur tie gave a mock salute to the headmaster and nodded, "I'll do my best to get everyone together, Allison."
"Thank you, Hendricks. Good luck. I think you three are gonna have your work cut out for you with these kids."
Nathan chuckled. "I welcome the challenge. Until next time, then." His hulking form swooped out of the office once Allison bade him farewell.
As any student would surely be aware, breakfast at the cafeteria consisted of any style of eggs, ham, bacon, along with the fruit and cereal bars. Today's special was blueberry pancakes, specially requested by Professor Hendricks, as they hadn't had them in a good month!
Weekends at Praesent Academy were generally quite slow. No one from Class 012-3 was allowed to go home this weekend, as none were deemed fit to be allowed back into the city just yet. They would likely be scattered everywhere around the school and grounds, getting into mischief or just plain passing the time.
Jaqueline Fross was no exception. She had just finished with her morning run, showered, and went out to sit on the bluffs, as she often did on lazy days like today. She sported a rather classy T-Shirt that bore the visage of a kid with an oddly-shaped head and hair which improbably grew out wildly around his too-small hat. It was a green shirt, with a couple of holes around the bottom of it. Along with this, she wore her shorts, and opted to not wear her shoes on this trek. The last thing she wanted was for one of them to tumble the hundred meters down into the waves below. She only had two shoes, after all.
A fish darted past and she smiled, lightly, brushing her long, dark gray hair back behind her ear as she wondered what kind of fish it was. Oh, how Jack missed the ocean... It had been almost three weeks since last she surfed. Now her mutation would probably cause the water to freeze when she touched it. Stupid. Her smile had faded to a more neutral expression. The gentle heartbeat of the ocean crashing itself into the bluffs over and over again soothed her. Absently, she found herself wondering what Ellie had gotten herself into today. More than anything, though, Jack just wished she had remembered to grab some ice cream before coming out here.
She loosed a long, heavy sigh as her head drooped. "What's a girl to do?" A fluffy, white snowball appeared before her and plopped down into her outstretched palm. With a heave, she hurled it out over the ocean as far as she could send it.