Prompt 248-Newfound Knowledge 2

What is something you have learned in the past few days?

“Let me get this straight,” Midge said for what felt like the hundredth time. His hair was going to start falling out if he ran his hand through it too many more times. “Super powers are a real thing and the general public is largely unaware of this?”

Lara did her best not to sigh. It had been two days since she confronted him after the bar and he was no closer to understanding the Kin or why he needed to go to the College. She wasn’t the best lecturer though; she barely had a grasp on it herself. Midge was a fan of comic books so her latest attempt at explaining their hidden world was framed within that context. “You think your speed is normal?”

He flinched. He was still defensive about his abilities and wanted to deny them as long as he could. “I keep telling you there’s nothing special about me.” He had certainly said that a couple dozen times since meeting her.

“Mitchell Bennett, you may be fast but you cannot run from this new part of you.” His eyes narrowed at her suspiciously. It had hardly been a funny joke and she regretted saying it now.

“You’re sure I’m not dreaming or hallucinating or anything weird like that?”

She shook her head. “You’ve seen what I can do.”

He sighed. “Yeah, that’s part of the problem, isn’t it?” He rubbed his forehead. “How do I know you aren’t just hypnotizing me or something weird like that?”

Lara refrained from gritting her teeth. Had she been this obstinate with Shane? No wonder he had left. She certainly had been difficult with Collette, but that was different. Deliberate. Spiteful. She would not be like Collette. Her patience held and she smiled at Midge. “I suppose you don’t. I admit, too, that I am not the best teacher. That is why we need to go to the College. So you can talk to the Sages.”

His shoulders tensed again. She didn’t blame him for his apprehension. The College had a reputation after all. “I can learn to control it if I talk to them?”

She wasn’t clear on what an Agile Hero would need to do to control, but if that was the motivation he needed to go with her, she would agree with him. There were plenty of better teachers at the College, and if she was lucky, neither of them would have to remain there long. If she was lucky, he would get minimal training and then they could head out to the Wastes together.

Notes: This prompt felt like it wanted to be a secret that couldn’t be told right away. I eventually decided I wanted to set it in my mutant post-apocalypse world so I went back to peruse what I’d already written for that one. I thought I had a scene that would satisfy the prompt and then I could just edit it and work on other things the rest of the night but instead I took inspiration from what I’ve already written and churned out this little scene fresh and new for you.

I actually learned something new at work today. I did not know this but when using formulas in Excel, you can use wildcards in your arguments. We were trying to automate a formula for one of our sheets to reference another one but the other sheet wasn’t formatted the way we needed it to do what we wanted to do. Took three of us putting our heads together with Google but we made it work!

Well I am falling asleep at my desk again so I guess that’s a sign it’s time for bed. This was the Mondayest Tuesday ever. I’m glad tomorrow is Wednesday already. Have a great night! See you then!

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