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Cabel Sokol came to the My Powers Support Group Meeting not necessarily because he thought his powers sucked. He actually kind of liked them.

It was just that he sometimes felt that being human sucked.

Cabel was early to the meeting. He was perusing the table of snacks that the class president, a high school kid who seemed to have more caffeine in him than Cabel, had laid out before he'd sprinted down the hall screaming about something he forgot in his dorm room.

So it was just Cabel, standing in the room, looking bored.

He'd turn to the first person to come through the door and say, "Oh, thank god, someone to talk to."

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Caleb enjoyed exploring new places, new sights, new sounds, and new people. Unfortunately the experience got a little old as he wandered through what felt like one hundred identical buildings. As he finally spotted a room labeled ER, he could only feel relief that he had left early... probably unlike the guy he just saw running past him. In.This meeting was supposed to be casual and whatnot, but it would be rather rude to show up late. Well, it was also rude to show up early, but did that count when it was a public venue? Regardless of his timing, Caleb finally found the room he was looking for and wandered in through the open door.

He was immediately greeted, by the only occupant. At least he wasn’t the only one who showed up early. Out, In “Uh yeah, I suppose if you’re looking for someone to talk to, that would be me. I personally find myself to be a capable conversationalist.” In. “Though, I have been informed I have an inflated opinion of myself, so take that with a grain of salt.” He offered his hand to the stranger, “Caleb, pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
 

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Cabel tended to make assessments of other's quickly. It was part of what made him good at what he did: meet someone, remember their name, assess.

Caleb.

Cabel took his hand. Good handshake, he thought, and he liked the other man's description of himself. It brought a wide smile to Cabel's face.

Cabel was dressed in a pair of tight orange skinny jeans, a lisa frank shirt with a dolphin, and a pair of sunglasses that he wore despite the fact that they were indoors. It had a lot to do with his eyebrows being burned off from the last time something exploded.

"Cabel," he said, returning with a firm shake of his own and a smile. "And that's good. My opinion of myself is equally grandiose, or so I'd like to believe. So. Tell me. Before I go on all about me, what brings you to.....what will eventually be a meeting if the class president ever comes back.'
 

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In. “Well, I kinda messed up my lungs when I was 3 and screwed up my nervous system. Makes my life a little bit more difficult.” He scratched the back of his head, somewhat abashed. in“Anyway, figured that qualified me for this organized pity party. Also, I kind of don’t know anyone here and figured that showing up to random gatherings of people would be a great way to meet people.” There was a tinge of good natured sarcasm in his tone as he smirked. “And maybe I was a little bored.”

It was nice to talk to someone new, even if Caleb’s eyes felt like they might melt in the face of that shirt. Maybe he should be the one wearing sunglasses. Not that Caleb would wear sunglasses indoors. Thinking of proper indoor attire, he pulled off his jacket revealing a shirt with the words Hold The Door emblazoned on the front. in. “What makes you feel the need to make an appearance here. I ask because after reading that flyer, I flinch every time someone sneezes.” He was of course kidding... kind of.
 

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Cabel nodded slow and with great pity.

His motions and gestures at this moment were reminiscent of an old church woman saying preach while sharing news. Cabel had no idea he was channeling the spirit of his grandma, bobcia Sokol, with each nod of his head or flick of his wrist.

"I'm going to suggest that Moon Moon gets balloons for this shit," Ven said. "No pity party is truly complete without balloons. But hear hear my new friend. Fucking up your nervous system sucks almost as much as being bored on an island with magic."

Cabel admitted, "I didn't think it would be possible to be bored when I first got here, but here I am, five years later, fucking bored out of my mind."

He shook his head and then realized he should answer the question and said, "I'm here because being human is highly overrated, magic powers or not, when I just met a fucking anthropomorphic dog-thing at a party and he had powers on top of being, well, an anthropomorphic dog thing."

Probably not the most sensitive word choice but Cabel didn't know the creatures species and it seemed better than calling him a creature.

"But yes being human fucking sucks," he summarized.
 

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Caleb raised an eyebrow with good natured skepticism. In.“You’re telling me that the reason you’re here is because you’re bored. That’s – Well, that’s honestly kind of why I’m here… so I guess it makes sense.” He paused a moment then shook his head. In.“But that’s because I don’t know any anthropomorphic dogs! This place is so cool, and you know magic? All I can do is grow out my hair! Not do anything else with it, just make it grow really fast.”

His complaints, valid though they may be, came out with good humor. He didn’t focus on his actual problems once they had been gently glossed over. Besides, no one really won when you competed over whose life sucked more. In. “Seriously though, so far I’ve only really met a couple of people, and the only one who spent time with me voluntarily was a vampire who, if I’m being honest with myself was only being polite.” He hadn’t heard from her since, either way she was very well spoken and polite.

In.“After five years I’m sure you must know enough people that you don’t need to come to a balloonless pity party for your entertainment. It’s not like you’re a shrinking violet flinching away at the first sign of human exposure. Or… maybe not human, but… being?” He was attempting to give something like a pep talk, it started off a little condescending, but really just ended up confused. Caleb often tried to make other people’s lives better, that didn’t mean he was good at it.
 

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Cabel considered this and then lifted his eyebrows (or what was left of them) behind his glasses and said, "ALl of your hair? Or just the hair on your head?"

Honestly, he'd kill for that power right now.

"Dude let me empathize something here real fierce. You and I have not hit the Powers Lottery. Like...okay, can I ask for the deets on how your nervous system got all fucked up? If not that's cool," Cabel started.

he ticked things off with one finger.

"Spider man got bit by a spider and turned into, well, spiderman," he said. "The wolf man was bit by a wolf and turned into a wolf."

"Batman....well, maybe that's a bad example, my biological parents are still alive and I'm happy about that," Cabel said, frowning. "But regardless. You had something happen to you I assume TO fuck up your nervous system and where are we?"

Cabel gestured to the room around him.

"Here. Bored. On an island with magic," he said. He grinned, because Caleb's peptalk had worked. Cabel said, "I mean, you're here actually trying to meet people, not just sitting at home to complain about it."

Cabel considered the irony of this and laughed.

"no, you and i my friend, we decided to go out to complain about it," he said.
 

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In. “Uh, yeah, I guess all my hair. Though, not sure why I’d want to… not a huge fan of facial hair.” He didn’t notice the lack of eyebrows, and thus was a little confused by the question. “I honestly have never tried.” He shrugged as he brushed off the confusion, but considered the possibility for a moment.

Shaking his head with a laugh, Caleb tried to explain what he had done to himself, even if it was a little embarrassing. In.“uhh, apparently when I was a toddler, I threw a tantrum and told my mum that I was going to hold my breath until I got what I wanted.” He scratched his head, taking a deliberate breath, in “That bit of determination was apparently enough to use my ability. So uh, I just stopped breathing and passed out. I guess my ability can like… mess with my brain and stuff.” In. “Long story short, I broke something in my brain, or turned it off, and now my body doesn’t breathe automatically. Like, you just do it without thinking, I have to actively tell myself to inhale.” It wasn’t that he didn’t like talking about it, but it was frustrating and a little embarrassing that a mistake when he was three still impacted his life so heavily.

In. “It’s not like I’m in pain or anything, other people have it so much worse… but I mean it sucks that this ability made it happen.” His mood had dipped a bit, more irritable than the cheer he tried to display. He tried to bounce back grabbing onto the earlier mention of super heroes. In. “You’re super hero reference is wrong on so many levels. Spiderman’s parents are dead too, and the batman analogy sucked because his only super power is being rich.” Debating comic books was a much easier topic, even if he didn’t have too much interest there.
 

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"It means you could totally kick ass at any kind of no-shave-november contest," Cabel grinned. His left foot was tapping off the ground in small, unsteady intervals as a result of the caffeine that cabel regularly ingested.

"Well, shit," Cabel said. His eyebrows (or lack of them) had arched again in surprise and his jaw went slack with the information that he had to think to breath. What the hell. Cabel admitted, "Honestly dude, I can barely remember how to function and my body does that shit automatically. You're a whole other level of badass though I'm not too sure you realize that.'

Cabel did file it away that Caleb had affected his own brain with the powers.

"Well, i mean, does it matter if other people have it worse? it's not a contest. something can still suck," Cabel said, in what he hoped was a reassuring voice.....but the second that turned to comic books Cabel got a little bit competitive.

Cabel knew shit about comic books.

"Okay yeah but like batman wasn't bit by a bat," Cabel laughed. "And spidermans' parents didnt have to die for him to get his powers. Just...getting bit by a spider."

He frowned and then said," Right?"
 

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Caleb raised his own intact eyebrow. In. “I’m all for prostate cancer awareness, but uhh… not sure turning myself into a furry is going to make the difference. I’ll stick to donations, not that I have any money… I should like, get a job or something” He didn’t understand all the weird awareness campaigns, but there were tons of causes he could give money to… if he had any. Either way, there were more important topics at hand, meaning there were topics that didn’t upset him to discuss.

In.” Isn’t like half of Spiderman’s power that he is crazy smart? He made his webs right? I feel like that was a feature of roughly half of the many many origin movies.” He wasn’t a super intense comic fan, but he did at least see them in the theatres. In. “Plus even if Spiderman’s parents didn’t have to die for him to be a super hero, his uncle totally did. And Batman wouldn’t be anything if his parents didn’t die. All his motivation came from them dying, plus all the money… the money.”

At the moment, money was a super distracting. He had grown up in a city with free healthcare and had virtually never left the hospital. Caleb barely even used money, let alone earned it. In. “Do you guys have like… jobs here? I have no money. How am I supposed to pay tuition? No one said anything about tuition. Do you guys even use money? Or do they trade in souls or something?” That was a joke, at least, Caleb was pretty sure it was a joke.
 

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