Rain Falling From The Sky

Summary:
January 24, 2015: Rain meets Beacon in the sky and plummets to earth

Sandy Hook - Gotham


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The darkness and depth of the night paints the ocean an inky black, the churning waves cloaking anything and everything in their depths. Moonlight is limited, but sparks off the crests of the waves, as does the light from the lamps of the city and the big shipyard lights that beam out into the water. It's cloudy enough to mask the stars, but the beaches of Sandy Hook are otherwise calm and relatively empty of people, though they contain the usual number of ships with their well-lit decks far out away from the shore. A chilly mist has fallen within the last hour, making the beaches too bleak to be a comfortable place to relax.
One of the lights is moving inland, from the sea; at first a shooting star, perhaps, except for the speed: it's at a slow rate, and reflection of gold from the low flier bursts on the waves as he skims over the water in a relaxed arc, passing over and then hanging in the air above a wooded section of the beach edge, simply a big golden firefly from a distance, too hard to make out details with the night as dark as it is such a contrast to the brightness of the moving 'star'.

***

Rain travels by broomstick, most evenings. Captain sits on the back, with his goggles on. Cat eyes and whiskers need protecting, after all. They are his sensors! Rain herself has a bandana over her nose and mouth for protection, too. Goggles are good. No one wants to die because they got slapped in the face by a bug or passing migratory bird. She's heading home, unaware of the firefly or glowdude. She doesn't judge glowdudes.

But Rain is also a lot quieter on the travelometer than most. And she likes it that way. Some habits from being homeless are far harder to shake, as are worrying about people who seriously buy into that whole 'thou shalt not suffer a witch to live' thing. "So, we got fish, dealt with the underpants gnome AND got paid this time. Good job," Captain comments on the back of the broom. "Yeah, yeah… it looks really nice down there. We'll have to stop sometime." They consider the mists and the beaches. Witches: They can be kinda weird sometimes.

***

Zee has been scouting out ley lines in Gotham and her last stop brings her to Sandy Hook. Having checked out what she can there, the raven haired woman has taken her shoes and socks off to walk on the beach. It's a magi thing… the feel of the earth beneath your feet. She's not noticed the incoming shooting star yet.

***

Mera has learned to appreciate the shorelines from the Surface side, especially at night when there are fewer Surfacers about to be confusing and annoying. She usually picks a spot at random along the Eastern seaboard depending on where she's swimming up from, and this time she breaks the surface of the water just in time to see a glowing … thing pass overhead and toward the beach. She moves faster, in time to walk briskly up onto the beach and right past Zee. Yes, she just walked up out of the water and is dripping her way past the black-haired spellcaster in clothing that does NOT look suitable for the outdoors. In Gotham. In JANUARY.

***

Though nobody will notice, due to his ambiant glow— Joel is currently trying to figure his map out, but has it flapping and partially ripped from getting wet. It's impossible to use a map while he's flying, and he's cold and damp and getting grumpy about all of the above. He's no magi, and therefore doesn't like being cold outside on a bleak night. Fortunately, an option other than trying to use his map seems to have flown nearby, and Joel immediately veers towards the dark shape on some contraption, hopeful.

"Excuse me," Joel calls, gliding towards where Rain is sitting. When closer, he's more obviously a glowy thing with a giant span of glowing golden wings. He'll attempt to fly right up to her, and repeat "Excuse me," though—- he rarely has issues with being /noticed/, so he's approaching with some assumptions about that. It's not like he's ever sneaked up on anyone in his life. He's focused on the flyer, and isn't aware of Mera nor her dripping status, at least yet.

***

Captain and Rain are chilling pretty cheerily, all things considered. The night ride is kind of nice. All hallucinogens aside, flying is a pretty pleasant way to travel about. Rain seems surprised to see another flyer right near her. Notably, the witch is bundled up in a long, dark duster coat. She travels sensibly. For you know, a witch on a broomstick. Sadly, Rain's broomstick is a magic effect. She maintains it - right up until Joel calls and glides. They have a moment.

Rain smiles, waves. "Hi, what's u—" And then her magic is unraveled by his anti-magic aura.

"Oh shiiiiiiii-" Captain flails at the air. Rain manages to grab him, but the witch is going down. It's about a two story fall. It's gonna hurt. They land with a pretty nasty sounding thud. Sand flies up around them, and it's lucky they didn't land on someone's boat, but that didn't look fn.

***

The sight of a woman walking from the ocean dressed like Mera is enough to make anyone pause and Zee does, canting her head to watch the red headed woman stride past her. "Good Evening… lovely night for a walk isn't it?" Zee calls before her attention is caught by Rain and Captain falling from the sky.

Almost without thinking, Zee gestures and speaks

~ htcaC niaR dnA niatpaC ndA dnaL mehT yltneG ~

As long as Joel stays away long enough, Rain and Captain will land on the sand safe and sound.

***

Mera sees the glowing person swimming through the air approaching… oh! Rain. And then Rain is falling. She races forward with a water tentacle following after her to try and catch the witch and her cat, but Zee does so first. Good thing, too, because Mera wasn't going to be there in time. So she stops once she sees the young witch is safe, and her eyes lift again toward Joel. And she looks displeased. And that water tentacle is now whipping up to try and snag the winged and glowing man.

Swiftly snatching maidens out of the air and gliding into the sunset with a heroic posture isn't something Joel has ever done. Sure, he's had some pleasant dreams where that occured (they go hand in hand with kissing upside down in the rain), but it seems that when the opportunity comes up in reality, he is entirely ineffective. He's all bright smiles and then suddenly the girl falls out of the air in front of him and he's gawking stupidly down, reaching out and grabbing at … pretty much nothing except a little bit of coat. And he even lost his map. Hero gig, not so much … better not quit the day job. He even fails at a clever quip: "…Wait, I… I want to ask you—-" is what he ends up with, alarmed. He doesn't fall, but tries to catch up, but his speed isn't along the line of the rate Rain would have fallen at. He does fully intend to follow Rain, wings flapping irratically in panic, light starting to pour out in all directions with his confusion, along with a decent amount of warmth. ….And then there's a water tentacle lancing entirely through his left transparent wing, and Joel jerks aside, at a new thing to be alarmed at.

***

Normally, the idea of being carried off into the sunset by a cute guy isn't one Rain finds objectionable. They all have dreams. Rain was pretty cheerfully greeting the fellow, and then suddenly, her magic is stripped away from her. It's more than a little terrifying, even without the fall. A part of her is just - gone - like that. The end of her coat is likely grabbed, and her expression is one of fear and being startled. Her violet eyes are wide.

Rain is shielding Captain with herself, at least. Although, alas, he does seem to be keeping up. Rain is grateful for being slowed, at least for the brief heartbeat that she is. "Wha-" WHUMPF.

Mid-air collisions. They're a hazard for some heroes. All Rain manages is a faintly startled yelp. She's collided with glow guy. She's being smushed by Joel and then he's got a tentacle problem. What in the world? But it's still going to hurt when she lands with an ugly sounding thump because gravity don't stop for no one, gurl. Unless Joel tried to grab her, it's sand time.

***

"Oh my stars…." Zee shakes her head as Mera's tentacle snakes out and Joel does the whole hero thing. As the threesome land on the sand, the raven haired woman just stares "Well you three seem to be having a lovely time" Zee blinks "Uh… hello Rain, Captain and Joel…." she sounds dreadfully uncomfortable

Looking about, Zee identifies the owner of the tentacle and she nods slowly assuming the woman can see her "Hello there, I'm Zee…."

***

Mera lets the water tentacle just… splatter to the ground as so much water once Rain is caught by something (she doesn't know what yet) and the glowing winged man takes a header into the sand. She turns to look at Zee when she speaks up, then steps over to pull Joel to his feet by one arm. Yeah, she's not trying to be gentle here, but she at least knows how much force is required to injure the average Surfacer, and makes sure to not use any more strength than that. "Tell me why you attacked my friend." Her accent is … odd. Very faintly New Englander (Maine, if one is good enough to tell) mixed with a fair bit of something completely foreign.

Baffled, dizzy from collision with Rain and then an awkward hit in the sand that's making his hands and left knee ache, and alarmed, Joel's an easy target to jolt towards his feet. He's also starting to get blindingly bright; he'd make a great lighthouse on the beach here if he keeps it up. His wings have no physical quality to them— they flap awkwardly into the sand without disturbing it, and himself and Rain nearby without any presence other than a sunshiney, warm sort of caress, as if the sun were coming from behind clouds and then back behind them. "…What? I didn't touch her—- She fell… is she all right?" Joel asks in return. He doesn't try to twist away at all, but does try to look towards the Rain-pile. His aura starts to get out of 'comfortably warm' and starts into 'blazing solar pulse' range; an observant person might link it with his clear confusion and fear, as it's fluxing with his emotions very consistently.

***

Alas, poor Rain seems to have taken the brunt of the fall. The backs of her arms are all bruised up, and she's likely busted a couple of ribs. Rain's world is wracked with a bit of pain. "T-thank you for trying…" She manages through gritted teeth. Captain squirms out from under Joel. "You know, most guys don't take 'hit on' quite so literally," He remarks. "Something stripped away our spell," Captain replies. Something forcibly dismissed her broom. The warmth feels nice, but the witch is dazed. Stunned. "…. hi…"

***

Zee watches as Joel lights and listens as Rain speaks through gritted teeth. If Rain will allow it, Zee will offer some comfort but for now, the raven haired mage simply observes and listens. "What do you mean, Rain, stripped away?"

***

Mera merely squints as Joel's glowing gets brighter, but as he starts to heat the air around him to uncomfortable levels, she lets go of his arm and backs off a few steps as her hair starts to frizz a bit as it dries in the heat. "You were the only one near her." She holds up one hand to shield her eyes, then adds, "You need to calm yourself. Now." Yeah, she's all kinds of reassuring, isn't she?

***

Okay, at least Rain isn't dead. Joel's panic reduces with that she actually says something, although the voice of the cat wasn't exactly expected… and in a way, it helps, because a talking cat diffuses a serious situation. To his credit, (sort of), he looks at Mera— although his face is a mass of light that's hard to stare at— and understands what she's asking for. "Yes," he says, simply, as if he's been told to 'Calm down' numerous times, possibly just like she's doing. He folds his hands in, wrists crossed, and brings them to his own chest, palms towards his body, and his wings fold in and close behind him; his eyes partially shut. It's a clear attempt to calm himself, and the drop in the frying sunlight emission immediately starts to respond. He brings it down, to the point in fact where it's finally apparent that he's a scruffy, somewhat tattered up young male.

Zee's question is going to pull some reaction, though. Joel's expression clenches a little, and the light starts to come back, but he's clearly trying to suppress it, and isn't speaking due to the effort.

***

Rain's got busted ribs. She's not a happy camper. Breathing is normal, if painful. Captain sits nearby. "Strictly speaking, it's gone." Rain nods. "We were - keeping our magic broom… then it was like my magic was just - ripped away. I was just a normal person…" She takes a deep breath. Then winces and goes quiet. "I don't - that's never happened." The witch seems startled and dazed. Rain looks at Joel. He seems genuinely friendly, but there's a worried look. "Still… no magic," The witch murmurs. She smiles though, as Mera says something nice. Aw. Rain looks touched, despite her pain. "It's - I don't think it was intentional. He said hi, asked about a map." Hfff. Owwie.

***

Joel had seemed friendly when Zee met him last and she narrows her eyes as she glances between him and Rain. "I'm not sensing anything…" Zee's frowns deepens slightly "Let me try something…." and she gestures

~ ekaM A estlacdnaS ~

The sand, which should instantaneously move into a sandcastle, instead moves incredibly slowly. Zee tilts her head, obviously pondering. "My magic is inhibited… it's not gone, just choked off."

***

Mera tilts her head at Zee and her really odd way of speaking, then frowns faintly and crosses her arms tightly as if cold. "So this is not normal?" She looks at Joel again suspiciously, but not with any sort of malice or angry intent like she did before. "Were you aware of this effect?"

***

Joel's starting to christmas-tree again, but not as severe. But he's wearing his guilt all over his expression, particularly with the widening of eyes at Zee's comments. "…Oh," he says, lamely. "I didn't know you had a magic flying thing," he says quickly. "I couldn't have known … " he adds, but seems to kind of force himself to calm down. He itches his nose with a few fingers, with a sort of resolved sadness on his face. "I burn away darkness and magic," he sighs. "But I can heal, really well … " he says quickly, as if trying to prove he's not a terrible person. Annnnnd he starts to light up again, wings fluttering in a wounded-bird distress motion. But he reminded himself. "I can fix it," he offers quickly, but doesn't approach Rain; his expression suggests he expects to be told to leave.

***

"… ah, please don't tell me you're big on witch hunts," Rain looks pained. She really doesn't want to add 'dodge angry witch hunters' onto her to do list. She tries not to breathe too deeply. "A little h-help would be nice." She can't heal herself, after all. Her magic has been stripped from her. That, and Rain is genuinely empathetic. She looks to Joel. "It's alright. You didn't - know," She murmurs. She won't squirm away from Joel. Captain stays near the witch, peering intently. She is slowly coming out of her daze.

***

Zee grins at Mera's head tilt and then shakes her head "No…. not normally" The teen mage stands back and watches "She's asked for help Joel, I trust you, go on…" Zee's seen this young man in action.

***

Mera stays the few steps back, though if Joel looks her way about his offer to heal Rain, she'll tilt her head toward the injured in silent encouragement to help her. She shivers briefly, then a tendril of water from the surf crawls quickly up the dry sand and in a matter of seconds completely engulfs her so she looks a bit like she's been wrapped in clear cellophane. At least her hair isn't frizzy-dry anymore. Then the water falls back off of her and she's dripping wet again, but apparently no longer feeling the cold.

"No, I don't hunt any witches," Joel says in seriousness, as if that was a real question. "But my father can't do magic when I— yeah, okay," Joel says, interrupting himself out of whatever he'd been explaining when Zee stands back. He's too focused on Rain to pay much attention to Mera, so long as he's not getting water-tentacled, but it appears she's letting him approach Rain. He starts to fly a little at first, but then lands back to the sand, deciding to stay a bit more grounded: and manually walks towards Rain. He favors his knee, dropping without a lot of grace to sit on his butt in the sand, legs a little sprawled, a typical posture for a guy his age. He doesn't do any real examination of any type, simply seeks out her hand, and removes the glove if she doesn't prevent it. That done, he settles with it cupped gently between both of his, and lowers his head.

Light pours out of Joel, particularly through his head, chest, and hands, and curls upwards into the sky in a column of light. It's warm but not frying, no worse than the natural sun feels. It's just really obvious. But the healing will flow through into Rain, starting with the worst problems, melting pain away first. Joel just appears to sit there, in a pose close to prayer.

***

"Good," It was a real question. Rain is a witch and therefore witch hunters are bad news all around. She does seem to trust him, not believing this was done out of malice. But her violet eyes peer at him intently. She looks quietly amused by him - sitting in the sand? And then he takes her hand? She doesn't quite pull away, even if Rain seems genuinely surprised she's not wearing her glove now and he's holding her hand. A baffled look.

Her eyes close a moment, probably out of respect for Joel and his ritual. Eventually, she will even sit up. "Oh. Wow."

***

Zee watches silently, her eyes flicking to Mera in the seafoam cellophane wrap and then back to the pair on the beach. As Rains expression eases, Zee cocks her head and nods, she obviously impressed. "Feeling better Rain?"

***

Mera is honestly a bit impressed as well, but is doing a passable job of looking just a bit haughty and not much else. She IS watching alertly as the young man settles onto the sand, and seems relieved when Rain seems to already be feeling better.

***

Joel hasn't moved, and his expression doesn't really change, but he quietly says, "I know it doesn't hurt any more, but I need another few minutes, or the ribs may re-fracture." He moderates his breathing, and continues his ritual if left relatively undisturbed. He's a little bit unnaturally warm on her hand, but not anything painful.

***

Rain stays still. "Sure," Rain understands long casting time. Her magic has this draw back. It feels weird being in that void zone, though. Like part of her senses dulled, and dimmed. The world's worst sinus infection. Actually, this whole hand holding thing is making her face turn a bit red. She is also an engineer. And she fully lives up to that stereotype. Like someone took the stereotype hammer and beat her into next week. She smiles faintly. "Yeah, thank you." She's grateful. Captain looks relieved, too.

***

Zees used to Rains blushing and watches the process intently. Her healing works differently and apart from having to speak or write her spells, she doesn't /have/ to say them backward, her casting time isn't really limited.

***

Mera continues watching as well for another moment or two. Kind of boring, honestly. So instead she steps around to sit on Rain's other side and regard Captain unblinkingly. Apparently it's time to continue the staring contest they started at Rowan's place the other evening.

***

Whether Joel's also blushing because he saw Rain blushing or because of his own 'whatever' is probably hard to tell, and only Rain is physically close enough to see it due to his light show anyway, so it may not matter. But he'll let go of her hand and sit back. His prayer suggested something about his nature, no doubt, and another piece of the ritual probably does so now— he does a very brief movement across his chest and to his forehead— a cross, and the brilliance almost immediately drops back down to just his wings being lit. Everything will probably seem VERY dark suddenly, just due to that everyone's eyes were likely used to his intensity. "The least I can do— it's my fault, to begin with," Joel says, with a sort of forlorn, rejected sadness. "I'll get away from you now… I'm sorry." Blushblush. One hand defensively lifting to rake at his hair, partially using his forearm to mask his face, while starting to get up and back off.

***

Stare. Captain looks curiously at Mera, too. Cats really don't need to blink that much, so there he sits and stares. His tail wiggles from time to time in that contemplative way.

Rain looks to Joel, blinking. Huh. "Hey, it happens," Rain grunts. She will stand after a moment, brushing herself off. She blinks at Joel. There's a faint uncertainty. "There's - no need to beat yourself up. Now, what were you going to ask me before all of this?" She looks a bit puzzled and sympathetic. he seems friendly. He seems really nice. Pretty glowy, too. She doesn't press on his ritual, even if it's a bit puzzling to Captain Pagan over here. She looks to the others. "Um. Er. Thank you guys. All of you, really." She's not pushing Joel away, oddly. She's - sort of - trying to help.

***

Meras staring contest with Captain has Zee smirking a little, it is rather amusing. The two blushing young people on the sand gets a shake of her head… "Now you know, Joel… you'll know what to avoid, won't you?" Zee speaks quietly as the two interact.

***

Mera looks up as the others move to stand, thus losing the staring contest. When she looks at Captain again, she reaches one hand to see if he feels like one of those delicate starfish with so many tiny cilia on them they seem furry. Her hands are just this side of dripping wet.

***

Joel seems to have gone to a depressed place, though he's not being too expressive about it. Resolved in his failures, but not particularly wanting to leave, so he hedges. "…not approach strangers when they're in mid-air?" Joel asks dejectedly at Zee, shifting his weight, but at least he drops his hands away from his face and hair. "I thought it was fun to see another person flying," he says, in a way that suggests he feels that was foolish. "Oh, that. —I was trying to figure out how far along the coast of Gotham I was, where the uh, East Park side is from here. I think it's the area with the clock tower." He's rambling a little bit.

***

One of Rain's great strengths is empathy. Captain merps a little at Mera. He doesn't seem thrilled about the wet, but he allows it. Cats are not cilia-y. He's fuzzy! And warm. His eyes close when he's being pet.

Rain looks to Joel. "Just be more mindful of your aura, is all. You had no way of knowing," She offers. "And it was fun to see another person flying," Rain smiles faintly at him. "I used to live on the streets around here. So… if you're going to…" And she'll give him directions, pointing off. "That's not too bad. Just be careful in Gotham. It's a rough place." Even the pigeons have weapons. Damn pigeons. Rain hates pigeons, especially armed ones. "But in the end, it's no harm, no foul. I'll probably work on going home for now. And really, you got to meet a few new people and see a - friend?" Yes, Z.

***

Zee nods at Rain and agrees "As she says… Magic" Zee frowns "and non-magic it seems, all takes practice. You've learned something and you were able to help… it's all good." Captain merping at Mera gets a small smile from the teen magi "I still don't know our redheaded friends name, but that's someone new for me too."

***

Mera pets Captain a few times, then looks possibly a bit horrified as loose fur sticks to her hand. She looks up at Rain to ask if she's injuring the cat, but then looks from the young witch to Joel and decides maybe it's best to not interrupt them right this moment. Though she does telepathically offer to Rain, // Perhaps you should test the distance at which his presence affects your magic? // And then she's rubbing her hand on her leg to try and get the cat hair off.

***

"I thought I'd visit the cathedral… and go from there. Usually they're friendly to me," Joel comments, in a bit more of the rambling way. Can't imagine why THAT could possibly be. "I'll be careful, thank you for the concern. But I /want/ to be a place where more people are in need. So… usually churches and hospitals," Joel shares. He may as well have do-gooder printed on his forehead, with that statement, and how his voice shifts up into a warmed, clear tone. He follows Zee's gaze to the cat then to Mera. Nope, he's not going to push for tentacle-lady's name if she doesn't want to offer it. She's clearly a rich or powerful sort of SOME nature, and he doesn't need to piss her off any more than he already has! "I hadn't seen a need to really try to not do the magic thing. I mostly focused on not burning people's faces off," Joel says. "But I'll try. ….I mean, to not burn magic either. Not the burn faces thing." Blah. "I'm sorry again. Yeah—It's getting late." He's responding to Rain's comment about going home, he won't keep her or the others. His wings open restlessly.

***

Captain looks up at Mera. "Uh. Sorry. I shed. Hair. A bit," The cat looks sheepish. Here, he was getting petted by a cute lady and he goes and sheds. Hawkward. Nevertheless, no injury caused there. Then, Rain hears Mera's voice in her mind and starts. "Oh. That's a good idea-" Then her phone beeps. "I should probably get home soon, though. It's really late, and some of the housemates of mine were worried," She admits.

She looks to Joel. There's a smile. "We'll have to meet up again. Just be careful. Gotham is rough. If you need a place to stay, let us know. For now, I'll - have to test something later." She'll find him. That's a bit ominous. "C'mon, Captain. I am sorry we didn't get to talk more, guys." Pause. "Also there's sand … everywhere."

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