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Poem: "When Someone Is Vulnerable"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 15th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Detailed Feedback from alatefeline

>> "Well, there's the problem -- he's got
nerve damage scattered around
most of his autonomic system.”

How on earth do you do that? MORE mad science? Or is it a direct superpower side effect? <<

In a weird way, it's both. Turq's superpowers didn't emerge naturally, but came from mad science torture. So they aren't "normal, healthy" superpowers. They malfunction, to a greater or lesser degree, fairly often -- and the less he's able to concentrate, the worse the effects tend to be. His teleportation currently amounts to tearing his body into tiny pieces and reassembling it elsewhere. The less focus he has, the more things tend to go wrong with that process. In this case, a lot of little nerve fibers didn't get lined up right. Even the big neural lines, like the spinal column, are really more like rope -- many tiny fibers twined into one thick cord. Not one cut, but lots of them. So instead of smooth function, a bunch of Turq's autonomic systems were skipping in and out like an electrical system with shorts in it. O_O Ethan's healing ability let him manually splice the most important connections first, and then work down the list of priorities. Anyhow, Turq's powers also tend to activate on a reflexive basis if he's hurt or scared enough. Getting stabbed was enough to trigger a reflexive jump -- and his hindbrain thinks of Ansel's place as a bolthole now. This is a huge improvement over Mr. Dipper's shitty gang.

>> "I knew something was wrong,
I just couldn't tell what," Ansel said.
"I've had plenty of first aid training,
but ... nothing that covers this.”

Yes, and you’re worried to death because of that, aren’t you, Ansel? <<

Absolutely. Turq worries Ansel to bits. Ansel cares about everyone; he's the kind of cop who would run into a burning building to rescue a crook. But he's especially inclined toward community outreach, which means he spends a lot of time helping people out of bad situations. He can get very, very attached to folks. As pesky as Turq is, he has a good heart, and Ansel knows that. But it's also painfully clear that Turq is not ready or able to accept much help yet, so Ansel has to hold himself back. Worry worry worry.

>> He’s doing his job to the best of your ability with Turq, but at that level of engagement, it’s very personal however professional it is. And he’s become an important friend to Ansel in however odd a way. <<

This is true. It's an awkward relationship, but they're making good progress.
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