Lesson One


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Scene Title Lesson One
Synopsis Lynette picks up a padawan.
Date May 13, 2010

The Lighthouse

From the outside, the Lighthouse looks as if it has had better days. The massive tower rising out of the house has fallen from its former glory. It is no longer a shining beacon, guiding wayward ships in from the lost harbor — though some may argue its purpose now is even more admirable. In its current state, the lighthouse seems to be in disrepair. Though upon closer inspection it all seems to be in the details. The paint has chipped away, leaving a discolored patterns of grays, whites, off-whites, and more grays. The occasional graffitti tag is here or there along the large building. One would notice that the doors, the windows, and the integrity of the building are all quite sound and newly repaired. The lighthouse has just been left with the look of abandonment.

Inside is a completely different story. Upon entering the main door, one will find a completely furnished and cozy arrangement. A spacious living room lined with two large blue sofa's, facing each other, a coffee table between them and several large bean bag chairs have been planted in the room. Shelves have been hung on the wall to display various different pictures of the occupants. A large bookcase is against the wall, holding a large variety of books from Dr.Seuss to the Bible, and even a copy of the Qur'an. The living room is focused on the fireplace a small black fence encloses it, the wood stocked on the bricks in front of it.

Connected to the living room is a kitchen, complete with a large rectangular table capable of seating around four on each long side and two on each end. A sink, a stove, an oven, a microwave and two refrigerators complete the look. Several low and overhead cabinets line the kitchen. At the edge of the kitchen are a pair of doors, one leading to a bedroom and the other, which has a padlock on it, leads to the basement.

At the back of the living room a glass sliding door leads out into the backyard of the Lighthouse, but just before it a staircase leads to the upper levels of the structure.

Ok, it's frickin' cold outside due to some evolved person messin' with the weather (thats what he's been told), but lucky for him the nice people at the Lighthouse are letting him ride the storm out here as long as he helps out a little (basicly he's the new babysitter), dressed in black skinny jeans, black sneakers, a sky blue long sleeved shirt with music written across it in musical notes, is wearing eyeliner and black nail varnish, he's currently sitting on the couch resting a little.

New faces all around! Especially for Lynette, who only arrived in New York just before the storm got really bad. And since no one is going to be coming to her safehouse, she ended up at another, more populated one. It has coffee, so she's happy. Stepping out of the kitchen and dressed in a pair of what appear to be expensive jeans and an even more expensive leather jacket, Lynette brings her coffee out to the living room to find a seat for herself. "Oh, well. Hi there. I'm not interrupting, I hope?"

"Ahh", ok, kinda embarassing but Caleb litrally jumps out of his seat, turning red he shakes his head, "Errm no, err hey, you're not interrupting", the brown haired teen looks down at his feet, first impressions are everything, and the one he just gave is wuss.

Lynette just gives him a crooked smile at the jump, and moves to take a seat on the couch herself, "Easy there, slugger. I'm one of the good guys, promise." She holds a hand out toward him, in greeting, "I'm Lynette."

Caleb gives a small smile back, then shakes the offered hand, "Hey, i'm Scott", he then procedes to sit down again next to her, "Nice jacket, where'd ya get it?", Caleb picked up a load of fashion stuff back in LA.

"Nice to meet you, Scott." Lynn looks down at her jacket, then back to the teen. "It's a Vera Wang. Bought it down on Melrose just before coming out here." There's a bit of a sigh, longing, perhaps, "If I had known I was going to need warm clothes /this/ much, I would have bought more."

Caleb gives his usual half-smile, "I know what you mean, i came to the city about a week ago and only has ONE jacket and it's not the best one for the weather outside, still nice jacket", he runs a hand though his hair, "Still it's warm here, so ride out the storm then go shopping, eh?"

"Serious. A little heads-up would have been nice." Lynette chuckles a bit as he goes on, though, "Exactly. When this is over, I plan on being a steadfast contributor to New York City's economic state."

The last item of clothing Caleb got from a store he stole, but he's not gonna tell Lynette that, people frown on it, whatever your reasons for it, "So, you got an ability?, or are you one of the people who don't think we're scum?", he knows some of the people here aren't evolved and it's nice to see they don't mind them.

Lynette lifts her eyebrows at that rather blunt question, perhaps not used to it just being tossed out there. "I do. And I don't think we're scum. At least, most of us. I tend to reserve that title for the people that earn it, Evolved or not. I've been doing a lot of work keeping the Evolved… as safe as I can manage."

Caleb nods, "Cool, well i guess you're in the right place for that, these guys seem to help out a lot of people, there pretty cool", he owes the ferrymen BIG time, "So, how long ya been in the city?"

"Yeah, been working with them outside of New York for a while now. They needed a new house, so moved me out this way." Lynette tilts her head a bit, taking a moment to sip at that coffee. "A couple weeks now. Shortly before the power shut down up in the Bronx."

Caleb nods, "Cools, so you chose the best time possible for a visit then?", not that he can talk, he got to the city a week ago, and immediatly got attacked by a swarm of bugs, and give away the fact that he's evolved.

"Apparently!" Lynette gives him a crooked smile, shaking her head. "I'll be glad when this is over. Until then, it's just a waiting game. I hope they have some… cards here, board games. Something for when cabin fever really sets in."

Caleb grins, "Trust me, you won't get bored around here, theres plenty to do, cleanng, cooking, baby sitting, loads", theres a crackle of electricity around his hand, he's been trying to learn how to use his ability, and he's started discharging energy lately.

"Sounds like thrilling time passing activity," Lynette says with a chuckle. When that spark goes up, she lifts her eyebrows and seems just a /touch/ more interested in the conversation suddenly. "So. Electrokinesis, huh?"

Caleb shrugs, "Apparently, thats what it's called, i'm trying to gain some control over it, but i'm not having much luck", when he says much he means little to no luck, he's kinda worried he's gonna lose control and discharge enough electricity to take out the citys power, stupid Rain, freaking him out.

"It can be a challenge," Lynette says, her expression thoughtful for a few moments before she holds her hand out, letting electricity arc from fingertip to fingertip. "While you're learning, it's my advice to ground yourself a little everyday, discharge some in a place where it's safe. It'll help you avoid too much build up and keeps the control in your hands, not the power's."

Caleb's eyes widen in suprise when Lynette shows that she has the same ability, "Wow, you can do it too!, can you show me how?", he does make a mental note to go outside to let lose some electricity if he can, he's not too sure how to yet.

"I can try. I never taught anyone before, but I can tell you how I figured it out." Lynette takes in a deep breath, perhaps using the time to think it over. "You've got to focus on thinking… open. Let it pass through. Ah, when you're grounded. Focus the energy into your hand, and from your hand, into the ground. Or rubber or whatever you've got around that could work. Sometimes I picture it like… a river, and you're directing the flow. How strong the flow is, when to cut it off, damming it up, you know? But like any other dam, pressure is going to build behind it if you don't let it flow sometimes."

Caleb is very confuzzled by the way Lynette is explaining it, but he'll give it a shot, "So i've just got to visualise it?, thats all and then i can get control of it and all i have to do is discharge some energy every now and then?"

"Well. It takes practice. And you might have to find your own way. But visualization is pretty key in learning any skill. But, discharging regularly is just a step in control. Getting it used to outputing when you say. Like training a dog. Your powers need guidance, boundaries. as far as other things you can do with it, once you have control, you can explore," Lynette says with a firm nod.

Caleb grins and stands up, "Ok, cool, i'm gonna go give it a try", he begins heading towards the door, sure its cold outside but in Caleb's head, THIS is much more important.

"Whoa, Sparky," Lynette says with a laugh, "Don't go out there. Crazy. Use me." She stands, holding a hand out toward him, "I can absorb, too. So you've got a live in discharge rod, at least for now."

Caleb turns and raises an eyebrow, "Err are you sure, i've never activly used my powers properly, i'm not sure how much electricity i'll discharge", he really doesn't wanna risk hurting Lynette.

"I'm sure. Trust me, I can take it. If I pass out, just make sure I'm somewhere comfortable," Lynn says, a crooked smile on her face. The expression makes it hard to tell if she's joking or not, but she holds her hand out to him a little more insistently.

Caleb takes a deep breath and reaches out to touch Lynette's hand.

Lynette clasps his hand, her grip firm, but easy enough to pull away from if he wants. "Okay. So just imagine the electricity running down this arm and out through your fingers. And try to relax."

Caleb grips Lynette's hand and does as he's told, after four years of no use his electricity doesn't flow out, it gushes out.

He can see her tense up as it starts to gush, but Lynette doesn't look like she's in pain so much as she's concentrating, and taking in deep, slow, calming breaths. "Okay… Try to slow it down. Think of it like a faucet, turn it down some. Can you try that?"

Caleb closes his eyes and tries to slow down the flow of electricity, it's a LOT harder than realeasing it but after a few seconds the flow seems to weaken, "Is that better?"

Lynette lifts a hand to cover his hand, a smile coming to her face, "That's it, exactly. If you practice finesse and delicate maneuvers with your power, the bigger stuff becomes a snap to control. If you can get the tricky things, you can handle anything."

Caleb smiles his usual half-smile and begins to think that this control thing is easier then he thought, thats when he loses control, there are several bolts of electricity up his arm and the gushing resumes.

When he loses that control, Lynette's hand moves to his shoulder, the other still gripping his hand. "Come on, stay with it, Kiddo," she says, encouraging, but also firm. "Breathe easy, focus, stick with it." He can feel her starting to get jittery, and can see little arcs of electricity crackling through her hair, but she's not letting go of him just yet.

Caleb's normally dark blue eyes glow an Electric blue and an electricity crackles over the teens body, but he takes a deep breath and tries to stop the flow, it is bloody hard but after about ten seconds the flow slows and then stops completely, his eyes fade back to their normal blue and the crackling electricity stops too, he lets go of Lynette's hand and drops to his knees.

Lynette hangs onto him through it, moral support if nothing else. When he drops, she crouches down to join him, a hand running through her hair to try to calm the strands again. "Not to bad," she says, her hands still shaking, like she'd had too much of that coffee, "How do you feel?"

Caleb is panting slightly, "I'm good, a little drained, but good, are you ok?, i'm so sorry", he's half really worried that he might have hurt Lynette and half buzzed, he enjoyed using his ability.

"Yeah, no doubt," Lynette says with a crooked smile. She shifts to sit with her back up against the couch, and pats his arm. "Not to worry. I'll be fine, Champ. You have a very special ability, you know. Don't neglect it, okay?"

Caleb lays down on his back on the floor, "Whoa, that was… whoa", he can't really explain the buzzed feeling he's having right now, it's wierd, it's whoa.

Lynette chuckles, nodding her head, "Yeah, don't worry, I follow you." She pats his knee, seeming a bit amused. "It's only the beginning. You keep up the practice, and I mean everyday, and you'll really have something there."

Caleb looks over at Lynette with a stupid childish grin on his face, "Can we do that again later?, or something else?, that was awesome", why the hell did he put off using his powers for four years, Idiot!

"Absolutely," Lynette says with a warm smile, "Anytime you want to. While we're stuck in this weather, might as well send you through a crash course, huh? That is a benefit of this storm, people aren't likely to come looking for suspicious power usage."

Caleb sits up quickly, "Thanks Lynette, i'm looking forwards to it", he does however spot that there are now several chared holes in his t-shirt, "Damn, i've only got two others, i gotta be more careful".

"You're welcome," Lynn says, pulling her shaky self up onto the couch. "Yeah, try not to murder all your clothes, at least until we can actually /get/ to store for more," she adds with a crooked smil.

Caleb sighs and gets to his feet, he walks over to the couch and grabs his bag from down behind it and puts it on the couch, he pulls off his shirt and throws in on the floor, opens the bag and pulls out a red t-shirt and pulls it on, "Hows this?"

"Works for me, kid," Lynette says, looking a bit amused. "I'd offer you some of mine, but then, I'm not sure how you feel about pastels."

Caleb turns to face Lynette and smile, "Beggers can't be choosers and all that", he throws himself down on the couch and kicks off his sneakers, he's wearing one pink, one blue sock.

Lynette laughs when he kicks off his shoes, and she shifts to sit on her hands as if it would still them. "Well! Then don't worry too much about running out. Times like this, we've all got to learn to share, right?"

"Thanks very much, i'm screwed if i go outside in the snow minus what little clothing i have", Caleb has done something similar to that back in LA, but he's not telling Lynette that story, "You doing much today?"

"I think we're pretty much screwed if we go out in this snow either way, but I do see your point." Lynette lifts a shoulder at his question, "Catching up on my reading?" She gestures to the ample books around the room.

Caleb smiles, "I guess theres not a whole lot more to do round here", he stands up, "Anyways, i've got a couple of chores to finish, i'll catch up with you later", he waves then heads upstairs.

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