"I proved my point." Peter stated simply, casually walking over and picking up pieces of paper. Casually noticing the fire coming off of Jason's arms, a part of him wanted to be shocked, amazed at what he was seeing. Though in a way he already knew to be expecting this stuff now. "Don't panic, you're just fine." Peter calmly told Jason, "even if you do deserve a good kick in the nuts." He muttered. "Your body is making the necessary changes, once that's done, you'll be exactly what I told you." Jason didn't hear any of that, his brain needing to start focusing back on reality and not its previous dizzy state. He brought one of his flaming hands up to his head. "Ugh... I should beat your ass in right now you know that? Then maybe leave you in front of Flash's house in nothing but your underwear. Fucking piece of..." It was at this point Jason now realized what had happened to him, seeing the bright flames crawling up his forearms to his elbow where they were starting to burn the sleeves of his shirt.
Naturally he did what any self respecting... smart person would do when confronted with this situation... RUN AND SCREAM LIKE A GIRL!
"AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!" Jason's scream permeated though out the house as he dashed out of Peter's room, causing Nathan to almost leap out of his bed in fright as he watched Jason who he could've sworn was on fire run past his room's open door. Jason ran down the stairs and into the kitchen where he quickly spun the sink's faucet to cold water, which he threw his arms under to put the flames out. He stopped for a moment, breathing in and out as he tried to calm down. "Oh... oh thank god..." Jason muttered to himself as he finally turned the sink off and started looking for a towel to dry his arms off with. He then looked down at them to examine...
They were on fire again.
"AAAAHHHHHH!" Jason continued to run around the first floor of the house wildly flailing his arms around to extinguish the flames. "JASON! Jason you dumb ass stop whining and listen to me!" Peter called out to him finally catching up and grabbing the fire extinguisher from the kitchen. As Jason ran around Peter got in front of him and pulled the trigger, blasting Jason with the foamy substance and putting the fire on his arms out. Peter then calmly put the fire extinguisher down, walking up to Jason and giving him a once over before promptly slapped him across the face. "SHUT UP!" Peter screamed. "Your hands weren't burning; didn't you even notice that it didn't hurt? Shit."
Peter was breathing heavy, before walking over to a chair and flopping down on it, now regretting wasting a shot on someone who screams like a girl. "Dude! What the fuck is going on here?" Both Jason and Peter looked up to where Nathan was standing at the stairs, dumbfounded at what he was looking at. "What the hell just happened? I'm just lying in bed trying to watch TV, next thing I know Jason's screaming down the hall with orange glowing stuff all on him and yelling downstairs. And... Wait did you just use the fire extinguisher?" Nathan asked, clearly annoyed to have to be doing this in the first place. Jason spoke up, "Oh you'd like to know? Well you're wise older brother here..." "Accidentally got his arms covered in some experimental chemicals I was working on. He said it was burning his skin so I doused him with the fire extinguisher since I know it would deactivate the compound." Peter told him, immediately giving Jason the look that stated 'shut up'. "It's nothing really, he's fine now. Its harmless really, just causes some irritation. I'm sorry we bothered you." Peter told Nathan as Jason first gave Peter a look of annoyance, then confusion, then realization, then a phony smile to Nathan.
Nathan just looked at the both of them for a moment knowing what he had just heard was a load of crap. All he did in response to them was rolled his eyes at the scene before him. "Whatever just make sure everything's cleaned up before you go to bed..." He told Peter as he strolled back upstairs. The two watched him leave and as soon as they both heard his door closed Jason was immediately in front of Peter's face, angry as Hell as his eyes glowed and a sudden burst of fire emitted from the top of his head. "What the fuck is wrong with you, you little twerp?" Jason gritted out though his teeth. "Shooting me with some experimental ray bullshit? I should beat you to within an inch of your life." Needless to say Jason was furious that all this had happened and having absolutely no say in it, especially now that he was saddled with powers that could be a major problem.
"Oh, and what would that get you? I just gave you incredible powers, and the chance to do something legitimately good with your life. Look... I'm sorry for zapping you without asking, alright? But you don't understand what my brain has just been through. I lost a family that isn't mine, yet I feel like they were. I can remember their faces, remember what someone else felt for them, and remember seeing them die. So forgive me if I'm not exactly in my right state of mind right now." Peter shook his head, just honestly far more stressed out than Jason understood. He tried to stay calm, and not lose it again. "I've been given an incredible, horrifying responsibility, and all I ask is that you listen, believe, and help me." Peter pleaded a look of utter stress on his face.
Sure, everything Peter has said up until now has been completely crazy. However now that he's had his hands on fire without any actual burning, he's willing to give Peter's crazy speak a better listen. "Alright yeah, I'm sorry." Jason sheepishly replied as he grimaced a bit from guilt. The fire on top of his head went out suddenly as he took a seat next to his friend. "Alright, I guess... as crazy as this crap is. I'm willing to listen. So what is the plan?" Jason asked. "The plan is far less simple than it sounds, but I figure just find the biggest bad asses we can and give them all powers. Anybody with fighting experience, maybe former military or police, hell even athletes, just anyone who can take physical and emotional pressure." Peter told him, taking a deep breath. He was still worried about just how quickly they could find people that fit those criteria, but he had to stay focused.
"I've got a plan, but you're going to have to help."
~The Next Day~
How stupid do they think he is? Why on Earth was Peter taking him for some kind of idiot? He knows what he saw, Jason running past his room screaming, hands, both of them, on fire. Chemicals his ass. After school had passed and he dropped Peter back off at the house. He strolled down the street, eying the addresses of the buildings he went past, Nathan had to keep trying to remind himself what the actual address of the place was. He's never been there before; hell he barely speaks to her as much as his older brother does. However she's been extremely kind to her every time they did. Besides, she knows both Jason and Peter, and maybe just up they're up too.
"I'm sorry Karen; the ligament tear in your ankle just isn't going to heal correctly at this point..."
Those words changed Karen Walters' life forever. Once she was a natural athlete, a three sport wiz kid who had agents ready to sign her to whatever contracts they could. But then she had to piss it all away with one careless slide into second during a softball game. One slide that she didn't even need to do, one slide that caused her leg to hyperextend, have her foot slam violently into the base that had no give. There she was now, looking at all her sports accolades on the family's living room wall. Newspaper reports, photos, trophies, honors, she knew looking at all of it wasn't going to change things or magically give her some kind of answer to the question of what now. What to do next with her life.
Finally there was a doorbell ring that snapped her out of her thought process. She awkwardly limped over to the door, looking though the peep hole before swinging it open. "Oh hey..." She totally forgot his name... "...Peter's brother! Come on in what brings you here? Did you want something to drink?" She asked, already trying to bring him in herself with an arm around the shoulder. Such an innocent and happy smile that it was impossible to feel bothered in anyways.
"Uh, yeah thanks." Nathan responded, slipping out of Karen's grasp as he came into the house. "It's Nathan by the way." He welcomed himself in, noticing that she seemed to be the only one home right now. "So you're friends with Peter and Jason right? Have... either of them spoken to you lately?" He asked quizzically as he just looked around the house a little bit. "Well first off go ahead and take a seat." Karen gestured to the couch that she went past and towards the kitchen before stopping and looking back at Nathan. "Um, I'm going to get something to drink. Sure you don't want anything?" She asked as she walked into the kitchen.
Nathan figured by now she wasn't going to take no for an answer. So might as well... "Well sure, just some water would be fine." He called out to her, which lead to her coming back with two bottles of water, one she tossed over to Nathan who catches it with ease. "Alright well then, Jason and Peter..." She mentioned taking a seat on the other opposing couch in the living room. "Well yeah... I know the both of them, but I haven't heard much from either of them lately. Peter especially, he's just been so distant lately. Why what's up?" Karen took a sip of her water as she leaned back in the couch.
"Well last night they were both over at my, well our place." He started, remembering to add in that Peter did in fact live there. "Well... I know this is going to sounds nuts. But like there was this yelling, like angry yelling, screaming. So already something is going on. Well then next thing I know..." Nathan paused, trying to figure out just how one explains what the hell happened. "Jason like ran past my room... with his... hands... on fire." God even just saying it sounds weird. "Uh...huh..." Karen had to pause, trying to put what she heard into consideration. "So... do we need to call the police on Peter or something? That he's a pyromaniac now? I mean this isn't exactly what I know him for." Karen glanced away for a moment trying to think about it more, biting her lip a little. "I mean it kind of goes without saying."
"Well that's just it though; see it took me a moment to get over to him and Peter who chased after him. When I did Peter had the fire extinguisher out and had sprayed Jason. When I got over to see what was going on. I remember looking at Jason's arms, and granted they were a bit covered in white foam, but I remember that they... they weren't even a bit burnt. They looked perfectly fine." That got Karen's attention. She leaned back in the chair and just looked at Nathan confused, as if at any minute he'd finally tell her it was all a prank, Ashton Kutcher comes out, they all laugh, then things move on. However there was nothing. Nathan was just looking back at her. Seemingly as confused. "Wait... wait. So it wasn't burnt... like at all." Karen asked startled, Nathan just shook his head. "Huh, that's crazy. I mean maybe it was some chemical that just stayed on the skin and didn't let the fire burn him but... Peter isn't the kind of guy who would do something like that to a friend." Karen responded, taking another sip of water. "See that's where things get weird though. Because later I ran into him while he was on the way out..."
Jason couldn't help but just stare at this thing Peter had just given him. Some super freaky sci-fi shit was in his hands, capable of turning normal people into fucking superheroes. That... that still blew his mind. As he strolled towards the door however, Peter suddenly came up next to him, just leaving the kitchen with a can of cola in his hands. "Hey Jason, hope your hands heal up." He told him, a very slight bit of sarcasm in his voice. Jason had the gun in his hand and in view of her for a moment before very sloppily hiding it as he sheepishly grinned at Nathan. "Uh yeah thanks... uh yeah hope they do too have to go bye now!" He then bolted for the door and his car before driving off without saying another word, leaving behind a very confused Nathan.
"I know all of this probably sounds insane but I know what I saw. Like that gun thing he was holding didn't look normal at all. It didn't look fake or plastic or anything like that. Like some genuine... whatever the hell it is." Nathan finally decided to just stop thinking about it anymore, feeling a headache throbbing on as he finished the bottle of water in a chug and put the bottle next to him. "Really? A gun?" Karen paused, thinking about it. It sounded cool. Not that she supported Gun violence or anything, but they're neat and she wanted to see this 'sci-fi gun'. Did she believe Nathan? Not really. But she was curious as too what's going on. "Well I say we talk to Jason about it. He'll tell us if we bug him about it long enough. Hell I can even manhandle him a bit if need be."
As the 1994 Ford Taurus pulled up to the house that it clearly had no business being in front of. Nathan peered up and around realizing he actually hasn't been in the house before... he has driven PAST it, but never past the large gates and security guard. Peter had, and the way he described the place made it sound awesome. A modern calling to technology and computers. Each room in the house designed to turn on instantly when someone enters it and turn off at voice command; the coffee table is a touch computer system. All sorts of futuristic tech that was coming from Jason's dad's company, Storm Electronics.
Granted they were there for answers, not gawking at techno-geek chic.
As Nathan pulled up the Storm family's butler was leaving the house with another man in tow. "Hey, Nathan, Karen, what brings the both of you over?" It was the CEO himself, William Storm, President and CEO of Storm Electronics. Stocky looking man who had a nice suit on, glasses, and was black, now graying ponytail. "Hey Mr. Storm, we're just here to see Jason, is he home right now?" Nathan asked, his head popping out of the ratty looking car. "Yeah he should actually be the only one home right now." Mr. Storm made his way over to the Bentley out in the front of the mansion, his butler holding the passenger door open for him. "Well I have some business at the office to take care of, you kids have fun okay?" He waved to them as Nathan nodded to Karen over the news of the empty home. Giving a grin that suggested this was very good... in a very bad way for Jason. Honestly everything Jason and Peter could be doing freaked Nathan out, made him worry, and wonder if Jason was secretly a trekkie and is just really ashamed to admit it.
Karen marveled at the house, but it didn't really impress her. Sure, she'd have fun pushing buttons but in the end a house was a house. She waved to Mr. Storm, staring at the car more than anything. With a wistful sigh watching Mr. Storm leave she glanced back to Nathan. "Now we don't know if he's alone. Susan or her mom might be around." "Yeah... right." Nathan said chuckling, knowing full well her mom probably wasn't. The new Mrs. Storm spent a lot of time out, the new riches allowing her to chase her dreams and she was enjoying it. She went to classes, joined a few charity functions and, yes, went shopping. Susan was even more likely to be out. Not going shopping or taking more classes, just out. She hated being at the big endless house with more rooms than three times the people actually living there.
The two approached the front door, Nathan pressing in the buzzer. There was a brief moment of quiet before the door slowly opened. Jason Storm looked at the two of them, rubbing his eyes and looking tired somewhat. "Oh hey Nate... Karen. What brings you two..." Jason's eyes shot open realizing that it was pretty clear what brought them there. He immediately tried closing the door. "Hey Jason, is that any way to treat your friends?" Karen responded, her quick reflexes grabbing the door before it closed and flipping it back open. The two welcomed themselves in as Jason stepped back, becoming worried since he knew why they were there. "I uh... guys this really isn't a good time I..."
"Well we just happened to be in the area, just wanted to see how your arms were." Nathan sharply responded. "They're... good..." Jason responded, his fear causing him to reach his arm up to wipe his brow (Even though he hasn't sweated even a little since the incident last night, which is really freaking him out) only to immediately bring it back down and hide it. "Come on Jason, even you have to admit the story is a little weird, what happened last night." Karen interjected; she stepped forward, looking to calm Jason down before she noticed something. "Wait, what happened to your eyes? I thought they were blue." Jason now was now panicking completely as he stumbled back. "Look guys please just go away; I'm not really I just... ugh..." He clinched his head, completely paralyzed as he looked back up at the two in front of him, his eyes glowing bright. "I..."
Before he could finish, Jason caught fire.
All of Jason engulfed in flames as both Karen and Nathan leapt back. Jason's clothes falling off of him charred as he started floating off the ground. "OH MY GOD FIRE HIM FIRE HE'S ON FIRE!" Nathan screamed in complete confusion, "WHAT THE FUCK? WHAT? YOU! JASON! FIRE!" Karen joined in with as Jason shook his head, now more embarrassed than scared as he just looked down at the both of them. "See? This is what I was scared about." He stated simply as the fire vaporized off of him as suddenly as it came. Jason casually dropping back onto his feet. "Look, if you two promise to calm down about this. I'll try to explain everything... okay?" Jason asked, so relaxed about what happened that it caused Nathan to be even more taken back. "Okay, um. You can explain... and then we'll see if I relax." Karen suggested, her voice a little weak. "What the fuck just happened? Since when can you do that? And why? What does Peter have to do with this?" "Actually not to interrupt but uh... I got a better question to ask right now." Nathan was behind Karen, averting his eyes, "Jason, can you please go put some pants on first?" Nathan asked as Jason just then realized what was going on. Jason looked down, then back up sharply as he quickly went for his charred clothes. Holding them cheaply over his naughty bits with a very embarrassed cheap attempt at a smile on his face. "Yeah... to my room." He stated as he started slipping down the hall slowly, keeping the charred clothes over himself.
When Nathan and Karen were finally let into Jason's room, he had switched into a new pair of jeans and t-shirt. He then told them everything he could recall Peter telling him. About the alien, the spacecraft that's being called an asteroid by SHIELD, the skrulls, the gun and its abilities, everything. He fiddled nervously with his t shirt as he did so, himself not being all that comfortable with what's going on. Finally when he finished he stopped to a completely stunned Nathan and Karen. Both of whom just stared at him, then at each other. There was an awkward silence in the room before finally
"Dude... DUDE! THAT IS AWESOME!"
Karen pumped her fists as she gave a smile a mile wide. Her voice didn't have sarcasm or doubt. The world to her had shifted. Her best friend could catch on fire but even as the shock was clinging to her, she wore it off. "Oh oh oh oh Jason, shoot me with the gun!" She insisted, "I want to help. I knew SHIELD wasn't to be trusted. I did my research. They have a lot more power than you think you know. They can do a lot without telling us anything. Oh man, what can Peter do? Is it all fire? Do you know what the skrulls look like?" Before she could keep rambling, Jason held up a hand to interrupt her, "Uh... actually no I don't think its all fire based. I mean neither of us knows what this thing is really capable of actually. Peter hasn't even shot himself with it as far as I know." He tried to chime in with as Karen seemed to be still gleaming about the possibilities.
Jason however scratched his chin. "Uh Karen honestly, I don't know how to break this to you, but I don't know if Peter would be keen on the idea." Karen scuffed at the notion, Peter not being keen on the idea wasn't even close to being on her list of reasons to not do this. "Dude if he doesn't like the idea of me coming into this, and kick all sorts of ass, then maybe next time he should avoid creepy mysterious alien beings." Karen stated as if it was a clear as day fact. Jason mentally conceded the point.
However just as Jason was about to respond Nathan coughed to get his attention. Having been quiet this whole time in thought. "Actually, I want in too." Nathan calmly stated with arms crossed. "Oh for fuck's sake you too?" Jason moaned, seeing this great plan of Peter's getting destroyed before his very eyes. "Look I know I'm maybe not athletically gifted like Karen or like hyper super smart like my older brother. But I also can't let him get caught up in this by himself. Poor guy must be having fits over it." Nathan said, Jason only responding with a slow shaking of his head. "You have no idea..." Jason calmly stated as Karen wrapped an arm around Nathan. "See Jason we're game." Karen responded, "Look if you don't think Peter wants this, it's cool. I can say I wrestled it from you, and shot Nathan and me. It'll be fine, come on, we're friends right? We need to do this together." "Karen, what about your bad leg?" "Pffft, yeah, like that'd stop me. I'd do this one legged if it meant getting to kick ass with the one good leg."
Jason groaned to himself, finally reaching over to the nightstand where the gun was and held it in his hands before glancing back up at his two friends. "Look I... I can do this, but you guys need to realize that this isn't just some temporary thing. If I shoot you with this, there's no going back, and as far as I know. We're going to be in some serious shit." Jason told them, already feeling sick to his stomach about having to be in it, and without his permission no less. "Honestly, I don't even want to do it. Peter, for all intensive purposes, made me because of the whole black belt and I guess family ties and stuff. I mean honestly the whole idea is frightening." For Jason having to come out and admit fear on his part was a big deal. One that didn't go unnoticed by Karen or Nathan.
As both Nathan and Karen came up and sat on the bed with Jason at different points, Nathan spoke up first, "Yeah man that's messed up. But come on, you know as much as we do that this is important. If everything Pete said was true, we need to step up. I mean who else can we get to do this? It's not like you can waltz into NYPD with this ray gun thingy and start proclaiming the need for people to save humanity from aliens." "Exactly." Karen added, "If Peter's getting into this mess, the least we can do as friends is see him through it." "Man we sound sappy as fuck right now." Nathan quickly pointed out, which caused a small chuckle out of Jason. "Alright alright, if you guys are serious then I guess I could do worst." Jason started to prep the device in his hands as he glanced up at the two new members of the group. "Well who's going first?" Jason asked to an immediately reaction from Karen, "Oh oh oh me me me!" Karen proclaimed hoping awkwardly up and down despite the bad leg. Nathan and Jason both glanced at one another then back at Karen. Finally Jason stood up from the bed, taking a deep breath as Karen smiled and stood upright like she was getting her picture taken. Jason eased his arm and eyed Karen from behind the device. "By the way, fair warning, this first part kind've sucks." He told her before pulling the trigger.
As a sudden feeling like getting socked in the gut overwhelmed Karen she fell back to the floor. Slowly trying to get to her feet as her entire body and spirit felt almost ripped through and apart. Every fiber of her muscle structure all hurt at the same time, leaving Karen to grasp at herself in pain. Nathan watching on took a step forward in concern but Jason put an arm out, shaking his head to Nate as they both helplessly watched on. For what felt like forever to Karen it was all torture, unending aching muscles that felt like they were being prodded by needles. However as this happened her skin color started to slide from it's peachy color into more green, a lime green at first darkening in hue. Even her hair turned the same color as she had turn to a deep green color in skin tone. However none of that mattered as suddenly all the pain in her muscles slowly, ever so slowly gave way to growth. It wasn't much at first, but quickly the muscles grew, toning and developing as she gasped for air in pain. Clothes that used to fit slowly being shredded and torn in the growth and left to fall off or dangle from her body. Slowly however things started to slow down, in what was maybe a minute Karen's body had completely changed.
Slowly Karen started to feel better, great even. As she slowly began to upright herself she looked less like a normal athletic teenager, and more green toned muscle-bound goddess. Both Jason and Nathan's jaw dangled as Karen was slowly trying to rid her brain of the cobwebs. "Ooooooooo... you weren't kidding." She stated, her voice having even lowered slightly in tone, making her sound like a somewhat older version of herself. When she finally was fully upright, she towered over both of her friends.
"Ugh... what happened?" Karen asked still a bit dazed as she stared out to nothingness. Both Jason and Nathan just stared for a moment before Nathan spoke up. "You became green... and uh... really tall." Karen finally shook the cobwebs from her head. Looking down and taking a moment to realize the large, muscled but still beautiful body she saw was her own. Slowly a massive smile came across her face. "Holy crap... this... is... AMAZING!" She squealed to herself as she started to take a step towards Jason but immediately stopped, taking a moment to wiggle her right leg. "What? Leg still bad?" Jason asked assuming the worst. "No... no it's actually... it feels great!" Karen proclaimed, suddenly her newfound joy caused her to wrap her large arms around Nathan squeezing him in a bearhug. "Oh man already this is the best day ever!" "That's...great...please...stop...trying to...kill me... please..." Nathan could barely croak out of his throat before Karen immediately let go of him, accidentally letting him fall to the floor. "Oops sorry." Karen muttered with a slight giggle at the end. As she stood tall she didn't even notice her own clothes tattered. As she beamed she felt her body's energy, it's raw untapped power, all of it and frankly, she was now hooked.
Karen was still in complete nirvana as she started flexing her arm in and out, watching the muscle bulge up and down accordingly. Jason and Nathan watched on for a moment before Nathan finally spoke up with what they were both thinking. "Uh this is good and all Karen but... um... I don't know if we can have you going to school as a seven something foot green monster now." He pipped in with. A few years ago New York City was attacked by a mysteriously massive man who like Karen was covered in green and massively powerful. The news media had deemed him "The Hulking Monster" after a press release from Nick Fury of SHIELD about the matter. He vanished some time later, having been randomly reported as seen but never truly confirmed. So both Nathan and Jason knew her strolling around like this might cause a problem. Karen meanwhile though blissfully remained not thinking about such things as she continued to admire herself.
"Yeah that's probably true..." Karen absent mindedly replied with, sighing a bit as she admired her newfound six pack abs. She glanced over to Jason, "So uh... how do you... you know... not be on fire and stuff?" Karen asked. "Well, I mean it's kind've hard to explain but, I sort of imagine this switch in my head... like flick it up to flame on, and down to flame out." Jason admitted, causing Nathan to snort and chuckle. "Dude flame on? Please dear God tell me you're never going to say that out loud." He said trying to cover his mouth with his hand to stifle his laughter. "Well shut up it's what I do okay?" Jason snapped back which promptly got Nathan to stop, least he got put in some flaming choke hold by Jason or something of the sort. Karen meanwhile didn't join in Nathan's laughs and instead focused, mentally trying to figure out how to get her body to go back to the way it was. The process took a moment, but eventually she could feel her body slowly begin to regress back down to a more normal tone. Finally with a mournful sigh, she was back to normal, boring, Karen Walters.
She took a step towards Jason before suddenly having to stop, clinching her ankle in pain. "Agh shit!" She hopped on her good leg before finally sitting herself onto Jason's bed. "Man... God dammit." She hissed though her clinched in pain teeth. Finally after messaging her bad leg she fell back onto the bed and sighed. "Well... at least I know my powers are awesome. I mean you guys saw how big I was right?" She had gotten a smile on her face, getting over the bum ankle quickly. "Man I can't wait to see how strong I am." Karen took a moment to wallow in the awesomeness. Until a particular breeze made her realize that, as Jason and Nathan were already realizing, her clothes were all but basically gone. Quickly getting up from Jason's bed her arms frantically reached out and around herself to cover up as much as possible. "Uh... Susan wouldn't mind if I borrowed some of her things right?" Karen awkwardly asked before helping herself to the bedroom of Jason's stepsister. Nathan just glanced back over at Jason, "Great that's now two naked people I've seen today..."
As Karen came back into the room, having stolen some of Susan's clothes from back when she wasn't going through her emo period. A flowing knee length skirt and bright pink and white shirt. She merrily almost danced back into the room as Nathan started to think more about the situation. As Jason and Karen exchanged small talk about their powers he just started thinking. Having always had an imaginative brain this was one of the times in life it would give him trouble. He kept thinking of horrible powers he could wind up getting saddled with.
Nathan blinked at her, and over to Jason who was waiting on him, gun in hand. Nathan gulped, feeling that light breeze on the forehead that usually is the hint of sweating. Before what he just saw he was sure he was ready for this, now though? He meekly scratched the back of his head as he looked away from the both of them, his breath going in and out in a noticeably more rapid pace. "Uh guys? Maybe I'm just... freaking out here but I'm REALLY having second thoughts about this. I mean what could happen I just don't like the idea of having control over this or that but..." Nathan started to hyperventilate a bit when Karen got off the bed and made her way over to him. "Hey, hey, Nathan its okay you don't have to do this if you don't want. Just take some deep breaths and we can do this later. No one here wants to force you into anything..." Finally after a few more breaths Nathan slipped past Karen and stood in front of Jason with his back facing him. "Do it." Jason remained hesitant for a moment before Nathan looked back at him. "Seriously, do it, before I actually start thinking about what the hell I'm doing." Nathan closed his eyes tightly, waiting in the quiet room as Jason glanced over at Karen, only to get a shrug before going back to the now impatient Nathan and aimed down the gun's sight.
Nathan fell forward to the floor with an arm to hold him up as everything around him suddenly felt heavily swayed like on a boat over troubled water. As he tried to get his hands down onto the ground to get himself back up. He felt and saw out of the corner of his eye in shock and horror his arm almost freakishly stretch up, out, and then back down to the ground as he tried to use his other hand to balance himself. Only now both arms were long in length and only bringing back up a torso that was leaving behind the waist and legs in its own stretch. Both Jason and Karen only looked on mortified as Nathan kept struggling to upright himself. Finally Nathan's feet were on the ground, but his lengthened arms, torso, legs, and even neck all caused him to take on a freakish look. Formerly just worried about getting back up, Nathan finally had a moment to fully examine himself. He glanced down at his arms, stretched out double the usual length, across and down to the torso that now made the floor seem so distant. His hand reached up and gently clinched the side of his head. "Okay... don't worry... just relax..." He told himself, closing his eyes as he gently started to have all the parts of his body start to go back to their original lengths. "Yeah alright, I'm all good... got to admit I'm feeling pretty good." Nathan told the both of them giving a nod. He went to take in a breath to only exhale in relief when he forgot to stop himself inhaling air. Suddenly Nathan lost all footing and found himself on his back wobbling back and forth, his body now a large ball with hands, feet, and a head sticking out. "Um... help?"
Finally back to 'normal', Nathan readjusted the glasses on his face. "Okay... I promise I won't do something stupid like that again." "Good." Jason replied before going back to speaking to the both of them. "Alright we need to talk to Peter about this tonight and make sure he knows and is cool with this whole thing." Karen raised an arm to chime in. "Why don't me and Nathan head out in a little bit, somewhere private and practice with our new powers. I'll bring my camcorder and record it to show to Peter, give him an idea what we'll bring to the team." Jason nodded at the idea. "I like that, good thinking. Alright well in that case be over at Peter's house at around 7 pm. Honestly no matter what he says, I think this is going to work.