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 Leap of Faith, 29 February 2167 | @Gwen
Reese Marshall
 Posted: Feb 5 2018, 09:58 PM
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Reese wasn't going to recount the reasons that he was down here in a woman's clothing boutique along Marlo Pier on a Monday evening, and yet not one person the place had asked him about his choices. In fact, one or two of the women had tried talking to him, which got them exactly what talking to him usually got -- a few words and an awkward smile.

He wasn't unfriendly, but there was something about Reese that seemed distant. There was something in his eyes that looked far away and something in his face that looked tortured by even existing, and some might have described his look as not really existing in the present.

Still, he made his way slowly around the shop, picking up earrings and placing them back where he found them; running his fingers over dresses that would be appropriate in the next few months, but the warmth wasn't yet here. He reached up to fix the way that a scarf was hung on one of the hangers and then let his hands tuck back into the pockets of his leather jacket.

In a strange way, he looked like he belonged in this upscale place if one looked at his clothing and not his gender. Reese Marshall tried to punish himself for what he perceived as horrible flaws in his character, but despite it, he was born into wealth and when his parents bought him button downs or jeans, they were tailored to his measurements. His hair was combed; even his boots were not scuffed enough to look bad.

He looked effortlessly rich; the same way he could say the f word in every sentence without anyone throwing a fit, and the social class markers on his ID only made it clearer that this man lived in Jacks because he wanted to and shopped on Marlo Pier because he preferred it and not because he couldn't walk into any store in the Eden Shopping Center and buy the most expensive item off the wall with cash.

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 Posted: Feb 5 2018, 11:14 PM
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Why had Gwen picked this store again? She frowned as she looked at the price tags on different articles of clothing. She was looking for a better interview outfit than she currently owned. Granted, she would have to get a callback for an interview first before such an outfit came in handy. Not that her current job was bad by any means, it just wans't going to be enough to pay the bills. If only these clothes weren't so expensive. It wasn't like she couldn't afford to at least get one outfit, it just meant that the budget for the week might need some adjustment.

Maybe she'd have better luck at a different store? She probably stood out a little bit, her clothes a little more worn and plain looking than everything else around her. She may have heard some whispers from people nearby, but paid no attention to them. They could say whatever the hell they wanted. All Gwen was concerned with was finding something that would make her look... presentable in an interview. Unfortunately, this whole trip was just reminding her of her current financial status.

With sigh, she took one last look at the dress she had been looking at. "Maybe some other time," she said aloud to no one in particular. She was probably better off looking for store that would be more in her price range. She placed the dress back on the rack it had been hanging on. She started to head out of the store, when all of a sudden a huge headache stopped her in her tracks. It was very unexpected, and caused her to fall to her knees in the middle of the store.

She grabbed at her head, surprised by the sudden headache. It was especially odd, since she had not had any visions today besides the one she woke up from. Was the Suppressant shot wearing off? She tried to remember how long it was since she last had it, but the headache was making it difficult to concentrate. She began to reach into her purse, searching for some aspirin. Unfortunately, it was slow going due to the pain she currently felt.

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 Posted: Feb 5 2018, 11:52 PM
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Reese was having the opposite problem as the woman he couldn't read the mind of and didn't know existed. He was trying to pick something out for his brother's daughter, which was far more complicated than he had expected.

When he had come down here, it had seemed simple. He had the list of her favorite colors and even pattern descriptions. No plaid or paisley. No burgundy (which was apparently a shade different from both "maroon" and "wine," and could not be considered "purple" or "red"). He'd also been told that she liked jewel tones and didn't like pastels; that she liked warm colors and deep colors, but not muted colors.

Reese could have written a dissertation on how much he hated colors.

He had picked up a white scarf (because who he fuck didn't like white) when he heard someone in the shop gasp and turned, seeing a woman on her knees, fumbling in her purse.

Where the scarf went he didn't know but it was no longer in his hands when he moved towards the woman. "You alright?" he asked, keeping just enough distance to make sure that if this was some kind of fit, he didn't upset her. She seemed functional to some extent, digging in her purse despite the way that her legs had gone out from under her.

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 Posted: Feb 10 2018, 09:05 PM
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Pain. That was about the only thing Gwen could think or focus on. She hadn't had a headache this particularly bad in a while. If she had known one this bad was going to happen today, she wouldn't have bothered with clothes shopping today. Not like thinking that was going to do anything now. Now, she needed to focus on trying to alleviate the waves of pain she felt in her skull. That at least meant getting the aspirin out of her purse if she could.

After a moment or two, she noticed someone had approached. It appeared to be a man, though she was having a hard time looking up at him. He seemed to be concerned about her, which was both a blessing and a bit embarrassing. She couldn't imagine how she must look at the moment. She could worry about that later. Right now, she needed some help. "I will.....be...." she managed to get out. She tried her best to hand the bottle of aspirin to the man. "Need help....opening...Should relieve.....some....pain" She lifted her head to face the man and then her eyes went wide.

February 29th, 2167
Latter that night

The man Gwen had just saw was walking out of the On The Rocks bar. It seemed to be much later that night. He seemed to be heading to the alleyway nearby for some reason. It wasn't entirely clear why. A short time afterward another man enters the alley. He looks much bigger than the other man. An argument seems to be happening. About what, Gwen couldn't say. Then out of nowhere the man Gwen had just met threw a punch. The bigger man did not like that.

The bigger man then throws a punch in retaliation and sends the recipient flying. Did this bigger man have some kind of super strength? Why was this fight happening in the first place? Before Gwen could question further, the bigger man walked over the other man, now lying on the ground in pain. As if to make a point, the bigger man stomped on the other man's leg, breaking it. Legs were not supposed to bend that way. Then the bigger man walked out of the alley...


More pain. Though now it was starting to subside. That....was not a pleasant vision. Though she could see why she was getting such a headache before. She was just realizing that she was breathing pretty heavily now. After a few moments, she looked at the man that had been in front of her. "How long was I spaced out?" she asked cautiously. She needed to get her bearings first, before figuring out what to do with this vision.

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Reese Marshall
 Posted: Feb 11 2018, 09:52 PM
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Reese's hand moved to the bottle and opened it for her without so much as a hesitation. He knew what a panic attack looked like -- this wasn't one. He knew what a heart attack looked like -- this also looked a bit short of that. So what Reese was left with was no idea what was ailing the woman on the ground, but a sense of duty to not move from her side as she came back to herself.

He, of course, had no idea what the future held, so he watched her as her expression changed and her eyes glossed over with a vision. He didn't know her ability or her tier, so he wondered (without any grasp of medicine past what his wife had mentioned to him and what TV shows covered with varying accuracy) whether it was a seizure.

She wasn't shaking though. That was an important part of seizure, wasn't it? He didn't know.

When she spoke again, he let out a breath. "Not too long. Maybe a minute, minute-and-a-half." he answered. His hand had been on her shoulder to stablize her in case she started to collapse, and he pulled his hand back to offer it to help her stand up.

"Are you feeling alright now?" It was a stupid question in hindsight. How could she be? She'd collapsed, taken a few asprin, and then zoned out for something near two minutes. There was a man who was markedly in her personal space. He couldn't imagine a scenario where the answer was 'yes, of course, have a wonderful day.' At least he wasn't the type to try to make excellent first impressions.

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Gwen Danvers
 Posted: Feb 11 2018, 10:37 PM
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It took a minute for Gwen to realize the bottle in her hand had been opened. She didn't waste any time taking two pills of aspirin, then putting the bottle away. Her head still hurt like hell, but it would start to subside now that the vision was over. What had the man said? She had been out for about a minute and a half? "That's not too bad then..." she said with a small sight of relief. At least she hadn't been staring into space in the middle of the store like a doofus for too long.

She took another look at the man that had helped her as she took a few deep breaths. She had just had a vision about this man getting severely injured and relatively soon as well. How could she play this out and save this man from a broken leg? Not that that event was guaranteed to happen. However, better safe than sorry. The man had asked if she was okay now and was holding a hand out to help her up. She gently reached out for the man's hand. Her headache was still there, but at a more manageable level. However, maybe it would be best to still act like it was still more debilitating than it was. Force this man to stick around and possibly avoid the encounter she had seen.

"I'm feeling a bit better," she told him, still wincing in pain. She hated being such a burden, but maybe that would help save this man. Of course, she could always just tell the man she had just had a vision of his immediate future. However, that never seemed to go well in Gwen's experience. Sure their were Evos all over the place with crazy abilities, but precognition was always a hard one for people to swallow. Plus it was harder to prove immediately, so people were less likely to believe her when she came out warned them straight out. It was particularly frustrating, especially with visions like the one she just had.

She gave an apologetic smile to the man helping her up. "I hate to bother you further, but would you mind taking me somewhere I can sit and get my strength back a bit?" she asked hoping the man had enough of a conscious to continue helping. She then jokingly add, "As lovely as the floor is, I cant imagine the staff would like me to continue sitting here." She attempted to get up, but the headache was making the room spin a bit. Her first attempt failed, but a second attempt got her to her feet. Now to see how long she could stall this man from getting to that bar, thereby preventing what she had seen. Hopefully.

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 Posted: Feb 11 2018, 11:45 PM
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"Uhm." Reese blinked. Part of him wondered if this was the smoothest, most dramatic pick up line he'd ever seen in his life. If it was, he was sure that he had not been the target. People didn't look at Reese's sad eyes and broken expression and think perfect. that's the one. (At least, that was what he had long since decided, whether or not it was true.)

He had promised his friend Bruce that he would not project his self-loathing, but Reese didn't qualify this as self-loathing so much as he qualified it was honesty. There were well over a hundred thousand men in this city -- accounting for the young and the homosexual. Reese was sure that if someone made a chart he would be near the bottom.

He could imagine someone trying to write a classified ad for him. "38 year old depressed widower and father of four one does not seek companionship." It would have torn hearts, perhaps, but not turned heads.

The thoughts were not instantaneous. He stood there, staring at her as if he'd forgotten how to function for nearly an entire minute. It might have been dramatic if his expression didn't look like putting words together caused him a bit of suffering. "Uh--okay." He agreed. The words were monumental though Gwen didn't realize. More often than not, Reese said 'no' when given the option to get out.

"I was going to go down to On the Rocks. It's just around the corner. We could go there." He offered. "I'll get the first round." Slowly, he helped her to her feet. He wasn't smiling and now, when it came onto his lips, it looked fake and forced --an attempt at a smile by someone. "My name's Reese by the way. Reese Marshall."

@Gwen Danvers | She is welcome to recognize his last name; he's the second son of one of the richest families in Ark City.
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Gwen Danvers
 Posted: Feb 15 2018, 09:29 PM
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Gwen was a bit worried as the man in front of her seemed to have short-circuited or something when she asked for help. Like he was a deer caught in the headlights or something. Not that she really blamed him, he had already been kind enough to help her already. It also wasn't like Gwen need that much more help anyway. Sure she could use a place to rest for a bit, but she could've handled that on her own. This was currently about trying to save the man in front of her and it was the fastest thing she could think of right now to get him somewhere away from the bar.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out the way she had expected. The man finally spoke and agreed to help, but had suggested going to the On the Rocks bar. A flash of panic probably appeared across her face for a moment, as she almost shouted no. However, she tried to play it off as another flash of pain or dizziness instead as she was helped up. What was she gonna do? On the one hand avoiding the bar altogether would be ideal. On the other, it wasn't a guarantee her vision would come true. After all, the future was complex and people didn't always act the way she saw them in her visions. Plus, if she went she did have a better chance of stopping what might happen.

She returned the man's forced smile with a weak one of her own. She was still trying to come off as in more pain than she actually was. The man had introduced himself as Reese Marshall. The last name sounded familiar. That was one of the richest families in Ark City wasn't it? There was no way the man in front of her was related to that family right? Well, that wasn't important right now. "Thank you, I'm Gwen Danvers," she told him. "And a drink doesn't sound too bad at the moment." Ultimately, she figured it would be better if she went with Reese for now. Though she couldn't even remember the last time she went to a bar. Let alone had any kind of alcohol. This sounded like a terrible idea, but she had to make sure her vision wouldn't come true.

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Reese Marshall
 Posted: Feb 19 2018, 10:20 AM
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There were likely a list of appropriate things to say to strangers when you were helping them up and offering to take them to the nearest eating establishment. Reese would have said none of them.

In fact, Reese had gone perfectly silent. He didn't answer her statement about a drink helping, he barely responded to the pretending her head ache had gotten horrible. The only acknowledgment was that he raised a browand said that there were a few benches outside, though no explanation followed.

It took him nearly a minute, long enough to walk her out of the store for him to form words. Much of the walk was a collection a attempts to try to pull a man who had once been an extroverted partier out of his shell.

"Uhm..." he started and then he struggled. His voice hitched like he wasn't sure exactly what to say to another person, like perhaps this was one of the first interactions he'd had in his life time. "I--" he started again and fumbled to a stop.

Then he took in a breath, frustrated with himself like a puppy that couldn't figure out how to climb stairs. "Have you been there before?" Whether he was talking about the store or the bar wasn't clear in the least, and the shielded numb expression did nothing to help.

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