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Blaster Training

Okay, concentrate. You can do this.

Just breathe, and concentrate.

With his eyes closed, he sensed the strands of magic threaded throughout the clearing, and reached out. The energy nudged closer hesitantly, then quickly picked up speed, being pulled into a single point.

The energy was there. Now, he just had to use it.

If one was looking, they would see a glow of silver surrounding a hand, and a golden-haired boy sitting on a half-fallen log with eyes shut and a look of concentration on his face.

I can do this. Focus.

After what seemed like an eternity but in reality was only a few seconds, the boy snapped his fingers. The glow disappeared. He tentatively opened his eyes to see what had happened, and a somewhat larger than normal lion skull met his gaze, floating in place.

Pryde! Leo’s mind and mouth called out, though his nonexistent voice did not comply. It worked!

The skull’s trill of happiness at seeing its master was briefly interrupted by a tackle hug. He hadn’t managed to summon the blaster since separating from his brother – not that he’d had much of a chance to try, with so much stuff going on – and it was nice to see them again.

Speaking – err, thinking – of seeing them again, he knew someone else who would be happy about this. He rummaged through the small bag he kept with him until he pulled out his phone, and took a picture of the blaster. He’d send it to his brother later – right now, he had things to do.

Things that involved explosions.

It was a good thing he didn’t really have to speak to direct the blaster; otherwise, he wouldn’t have much control at all. As it was, he just tried to send his thoughts towards it and hoped it received the message.

He’d already set up a target – just a piece of wood on top of a rock, really - near the opposite edge of the clearing, and they were a good distance away from anything that might get hurt. He wasn’t entirely sure how to get them to fire; he’d never consciously done it before. He also didn’t know how big the blast would be. But neither of those things really mattered, now did they? He’d figure it out soon enough.

Leo pointed towards the target and silently sent a command to Pryde: fire.

A charging sound filled the clearing as Pryde turned to the quickly-made target, mouth opened and a ball of light quickly growing inside. Then a roar sounded, a beam of light tearing through the air between it and its destination. Leo had to look away from the sudden light, lest he be blinded.

Then there was silence. He cautiously looked to the edge of the clearing and saw a smoking hole- on a branch about a foot away from the target.

Ah, well. So he’d have to work on his aim.

The skull floated over to its master eagerly and was rewarded with a pat on the top of its head. Leo grinned. Looks like we have some practice to do.

Kitty Pryde
  • Here's some random facts about Kitty Pryde all in one blob:
  • Katherine Anne "Kitty" Pryde has dated 5 people throughout her run in the comics. 3 of which are named Peter (Piotr "Peter" Rasputin, Peter "Pete" Wisdom, and her now husband Star Lord aka Peter Quill). The other 2 are Bobby Drake and Doug Ramsey. Kitty is introduced into the comics at 13 1/2, and runs until about age 22. Kitty is of Jewish heritage, her grandfather, Samuel Prydeman, was in a German concentration camp. She has been going by the nickname "Kitty" since she was 3 years old. Kitty has gone through 3 different codenames as an X-men; the first codename was Sprite, suggested by Storm after Kitty chose not to use Xavier's suggestion. The second is Ariel (which, fun fact, was Xavier's suggestion). The third codename is Shadowcat, which she made up after being possessed by the demon Ogun. After getting married to Peter Quill, she took his position of Star Lord after he quit Guardians of the Galaxy. Kitty worked for Doctor Doom, and was apart of Excalibur, X-men, the New Mutants, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Guardians of the Galaxy. Kitty lost her virginity to Pete Wisdom (shameful Kitty, shameful 😑). Kitty phased an immense bullet through the whole earth and was trapped in space for months, everyone presumed she was dead until, after help was pulled out of space and the bullet by Magento. After this event she became fearful of space (which she later conquered this fear since she joined Guardians of the Galaxy). Kitty is the youngest x-men; before her was Bobby Drake aka Iceman. Kitty later could send herself or others into the past in the Years of Future Past timeline (which is Days of Future Past for everyone that's seen the movie and hadn't read the comic). Kitty has a bond with a purple dragon, which she named Lockheed after the x-men's jet, the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird." Kitty is from Deerfield, Illinois, which is 25 miles north of Chicago. Kitty took ballet and modern dance for most of her early life.
  • That's a lot, just off the top of my head! There is way more that I know too, but its almost 1: 30 in the morning so, night!

This week’s Small Talk is with Kitty Pryde. We talked about her internet twin, the time her toe exploded and getting dissed by Grimes.