Sleeping--Shadowed
Queen Karla of Glacia glacial_queen
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Stupid O'Clock In the Morning, The Queen's Chambers, Sidra, Glacia, Kaeleer
Beep. Beeeeeeeep

Normally, Karla could sleep right through her phone's text notification, especially if it came in the silvery light of pre-dawn on a night when Winsol celebrations had kept them awake until just a few hours before. Which wasn't to say that Karla could be generally counted upon to wake up for her phone, but it was even less likely under those specific circumstances.

This morning, however (if it could even be called morning if the sun wasn't yet up, an argument Karla would make another time), Karla was leaping up to snatch at her phone before it had finished its first ring. Worry could do that to a person.

She was hoping very much that she'd be getting a sheepish text explaining that there had been some kind of drunken tequila binge with Angelo and that he'd lost a few days on a dirty bathroom floor in Madripoor. If she got that, she wouldn't even yell! Or scold! Or even kick him for missing the holidays! Nope, she'd be understanding and amused and most of all, grateful he was safe.

The island off San Francisco. Help.

Karla sank down on the side of the huge bed she shared with Warren. It wasn't even the words that were making her feel like she'd been gutted. No. It was the picture that accompanied them. She stared at it a moment more, before briskly shaking her head and setting the phone aside. She could have a reaction later. More importantly, however, Jono needed her.

Time to call the cavalry.

[NFB. If you think Karla would have called you to go yell at X-Men for awhile, feel free to ping in!]

not_a_parakeet

2013-12-26 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Mmm... Karla?"

It wasn't that Warren hadn't been concerned for Jonothon's well-being, really. But he certainly hadn't been losing much sleep over the other man's absence. Jono was a big boy, and presumably, he could handle a trip to visit a friend for Christmas. He'd been doing the superhero shtick for months before Glacia's war had even started, after all.

So when Karla started bustling around the room, he wasn't exactly flying out of bed himself, but he was at least taking a moment to roll over and look her way.

"What is it?"

glacial_queen

2013-12-26 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Word from Jono," she replied shortly, pulling her hair back into a tight braid. "The word, by the way, was 'help.'"

not_a_parakeet

2013-12-26 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, that got another eye to open, right there.

"... That's a pretty telling word. Did he say what's going on?" Yeah, he was actually sitting up, now, and even shifting around to reach for a pair of pants. Apparently, Jono warranted a pair of pants.

glacial_queen

2013-12-26 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Of course not," Karla snorted, now pulling on a sports bra and black turtleneck. She was gearing up for a fight. "That would be helpful. He said he was on an island off the coast of San Francisco, though. Nice for a few things to remain constant between worlds."

not_a_parakeet

2013-12-26 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, that got a lovely twitch out of Warren, right there.

"He, uh, wasn't more specific than that?"

Look, Warren's experience with islands off the coast of San Francisco generally involved being shot at with mutant cure darts, and essentially getting flayed alive by insanely-overpowered telekenetics.

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trigons_child

2013-12-26 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven had gotten Karla's message and quickly dressed and hurried to the Queen's Chambers. She knocked on the door, worried about what would necessitate a summons at so late an hour. Whatever it was, it had to be important.

glacial_queen

2013-12-27 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

"Got a text from Jono," Karla said abruptly, tossing her phone at Raven. "Read the text and then make whatever last minute preparations you need so we can leave."

Fortunately, it was a short text.

trigons_child

2013-12-27 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Raven barely glanced at the words when she caught Karla's phone. It didn't matter what they said, only that Jono needed help.

"I am ready now," she said.

glacial_queen

2013-12-27 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

"The picture, Raven," Karla insisted. "Look at the picture. It's important."

trigons_child

2013-12-27 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)

She looked down at the phone again, focusing on the picture. What she saw was an emotional punch to her gut, but only the sudden intake of a soft breath and the stiffening of her back showed in her reaction.

"I do not understand how this is possible," she said, looking back to Karla. "But that does not matter. If he needs us, we will be there."

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heromaniac

2013-12-27 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Finally! Momoko had the text from Karla that Jono had been heard from and that BLOSSOM was needed. And of course, that meant she was at the Portal site long before it arrived, her things in a small bag she hoisted over her shoulder.

"Remember..."

"I promise! Every eight hours." She kissed Jaime rather soundly. "Though the idea of seeing you come storming in after me, all suited up, is pretty tempting..."

"Don't joke." His face was serious and Momoko sighed, smiling as she tapped his cheek.

"I am serious!" Momoko watched his face grow darker, sadder, and she hugged him hard. "Jaime. I promise to text or call when we find out anything. It may be nothing."

"And that's why you're loaded for bear?"

Momoko frowned. Stupid Scarab scan. "I'm hyper, not stupid. I don't know what I may need."

"Never ever said you were stupid." Jaime pulled back to kiss her Just as the Portal shimmered into view. "Contact me every six hours."

"Fiiiiine," she chuckled and let him go to step through...

...

"I'll need a minute to change and then text Jaime I arrived or he's going to go nuts." Momoko called as she met up with the others. "What's happened?"

glacial_queen

2013-12-27 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

"Got a message from Jono," Karla said, vanishing the last of her supplies. "It consisted of a location, a word, and a picture. The location was Alcatraz, the word was 'help,' and the picture was..." She paused, shaking her head. "You should see the picture yourself."

heromaniac

2013-12-27 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

"Alcatraz? Isn't that a prison... Wait, help? Jono actually sent the word help?" She set her bag down and held out a hand for the phone, her face way past serious. Jono didn't ask for help. "What's the picture?"

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glacial_queen

2013-12-27 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Which was why Karla had flung herself out of bed and foregone coffee to make sure they could get to him that much faster.

"It's his X-ray," she said, voice soft. "Of what's left of his skeleton."

heromaniac

2013-12-27 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Momoko stared down at the image, not saying a word for a while. She hadn't known what his old powers had done to him, the extent. This was, this was...

"If he's had an X-ray, he's in a medical facility." Momoko's tone was brisk when she finally spoke, handing Karla back the phone. "But we still should go in like it's a fight. He could be part of an experiment or something."


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