Riptide

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Chapter 25

She listened to pop music as she worked tirelessly on her creation. I took a deep breath and flew through the window, landing on the floor silently and yet, Chloe seemed to have felt my presence. “If you move, I will have the police here in under ten minutes,” she said calmly without even looking up from the costume she had created. She had her back turned to me.

“Chill,” I said, making my voice slightly lower-pitched than it normally was. “I’m not here to hurt you.”

She turned around quickly. “Oh, it’s just you.”

I laughed. “Yes, it is.”

“Oliv told me you’d stop by. She’s supposed to be here but she’s probably out with Peter or something," she said, assuming so little of me. “Anyways, I have the costume,” she said gesturing to it. I stepped closer and examined her work. It was a wonderfully crafted piece. I reached for the midnight blue leather cape but was swatted away. “Wait,” she said. “What do I get in return for helping you?”

“What do you want?”

“I want three good pictures and a demonstration of your powers,” she said without hesitation as if she had been expecting what I was going to say. “On camera.”

I sighed and agreed to her conditions. She squealed and grabbed her phone, putting it at the most flattering angle and snapping an incredible amount of pictures before telling me she was done. “I said three,” I told her.

“We don’t know how many of those were actually good,” she said. I rolled my eyes. “Hey,” she demanded. “You haven’t given me that demonstration,” she said patronizingly.

I sighed as she stepped back and began to film me, explaining where we were and what I was going to do. She signaled to me to begin.

“What do you want to see first?” I asked.

“Do you have a name for your powers?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Because I have a life and don’t take the time to name everything I discover I can do,” I said truthfully. She sighed for me to begin and told me I could choose what to do. I quickly located a glass of water she had sitting on her desk and watched as it floated into the air toward me. Chloe filmed it up close as I molded it into the shape of a ball.

“Juggle!” she demanded. I nodded and broke the ball into smaller parts before making them fly around me so it looked like I was juggling. “How do you do that?” Chloe mused.

“Well,” I said. “I control where the water moves so all I really have to do is simply concentrate on keeping their formation,” I said and then returned the water back into the glass it came from.

“Super Strength!” Chloe yelled. I chuckled and lifted her bed with one hand. “Torpedos!” she screamed, which I assumed meant creating water. “Freeze stuff!” she demanded. I brought the glass Chloe had used to demonstrate the first ability and froze the water inside. “Super Hearing!” she yelled.

This is when I realized there were footsteps coming from down the hall. “Your mother is coming,” I said quietly and took the costume before flipping out the window, landing on the little bit of roof which laid outside Chloe's window.

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