Before you Judge
Energy Body: standard (rank 1)
Rosario climbed into the backseat, pausing only to say hello to Gracie before lying down,and flagrantly disregarding seatbelt laws so that he could more comfortably lounge in the car. Once Derek was reasonably sure that Rosario was in the car, and not about to roll out of his seat, he took off driving toward Dockside. Gracie sat in silence waiting for Derek to deliver the mission info.
"So, here's how it's going down," Derek began. "I hear from the men up top that there's an office building with some files we want. We steal those files, quickly in and out, and collect a bounty, ya dig?"
"What files?" Gracie's asked.
"Well, apparently the office building is a Syndicate haunt. What exactly the files are, probably plans."
"So we go see what the Syndicate has planned and bring the plans back to the Angels?" Gracie asked for clarification.
""That's right, doll. The skinny bastard in the back seat will be running tech work. He'll be getting all the files and junk. But first, you have to get us into the joint."
The car stopped. Derek tapped Gracie on the shoulder. "You're up doll."
Gracie concentrated for a second and let her power flow through her. Her eyes glowed slightly around the iris and then dimmed as her body slumped over. Gracie flew, without her body toward the office building where she nestled in the head of one of the men standing guard.
Gracie crawled inside his mind and took up residence behind his thoughts.where he wouldn't notice. A stranger walked past the guards and into the front door. The guard in whose head Grace was hiding nodded and allowed the man to pass. Gracie shot into the man entering the facility and hidden within his mind And so she was in.
Be Sure to Walk a Mile
Leaping: standard (rank 1)
The office was brightly lit and divided into cubicles all down the buildings. There's was something to the restricted feeling of cubicles that really depressed Gracie.Was this really the kind of work her mother did every day? Sit in a cell and type away at a tiny screen until her soul is sucked away and she dies at 50. Gracie hoped the person she was riding wasn't a cubicle worker. Maybe he was a manager or something
The man walked inside and straight to his cubicle. If he was supposed to sit still, he would be of no use to Gracie, so she shot out of his head to the nearest man walking by. She had to find the boss of this facility somehow, watch for some symbol, or maybe just jump from head to head around the facility until she stumbled upon someone with enough authority.
Gracie saw a redheaded guy walking toward the corner offices, so she jumped into his head. He walked to an office with a small sign near the door which proudly proclaimed General Manager in all big, capital letters. The redhead pulled the door open and stuck his head in.
"Hey, boss, do you have a minute?"
Gracie realized that this was the moment she was waiting for. She rushed into the bosses head just as he was yelling at his employee to go back to work. Safely nestled in the back of the bosses mind, Gracie started working on the second part of the plan.
In another man's shoes
Mind Control: superior (rank 2)
Gracie started stretching her power around the boss's mind. After some time, she was inside, around, within, and beyond his mind. She could feel him struggling against her control, but she pushed him to the back of his mind as easily as she could her own thoughts. She could feel bits of his existence bubbling up into her mind. His name was Stewart.
Gracie-as-Stewart rolled her shoulders back and stood up from his desk. She loved the feeling of being in the familiar body of a man. It felt more like a body that fit her than her own did. Gracie-as-Stewart stood up and walked out of the office.
"Where are you going, sir?"
"Out." Gracie barked. Stewart had a lovely, deep voice. Gracie-as-Stewart smirked as he pulled on his coat and walked out of his office with long, powerful strides.
It's comfortable here
Force of Will: standard (rank 1)
Outside, Derek reached back and smacked Rosario awake. "Here she comes, it's go time."
Gracie was walking toward the car in her new body. She was making a sign with her hands so that they could identify her. Derek and Rosario walked out of the car to meet her.
"I can't believe we're doing a break in at five in the evening," Rosario said rubbing his eyes. Gracie and Derek ignored him. They'd each been there before. While the trio discussed the plan once more for clarity, Gracie had to concentrate of subduing Stewart.
It started with full sentences. "Get out of my brain, you bitch!" he screamed without his mouth. Gracie maintained control, and continued to push him down. Eventually it was just single words being pitched through the void. "Stop". "Help." "Ow". "Ow". "Ow". Gracie's denial continued, she pushed Stewart down, harder and harder and harder within his own mind. Thereafter, Stewart's resistance came only in periodic psionic waves. In a completely non-auditory way, it sounded exactly like sobbing.
"Go it?" asked Derek.
But if you pry
Digging: standard (rank 1)
Two keycard swipes and a biometric eye scanner later, Gracie had led her the other two into the Bowdoin server room. Rosario was connected to the computational infrastructure.The servers of the building were connected to every computer in the building, even the smart phones. Rosario was scanning through the files for the files they want. Gracie and Derek stood guard by the door.
"Uh guys," Rosario called from inside. "I think I found what we need, but this folder is password protected. It's under the name Stewart Cane"
"Can you crack it?" asked Derek.
"If I had three hours, maybe."
"Can't you go any faster?" Derek said.
"Hey!" shouted Rosario defensively. "I'm doing my best."
"Don't worry, I got it." Gracie turned towards Stewart's mind and burrowed deep inside for the information. The password was SamanthaRodriguez87. It was Stewart's wife and the year he married her.Gracie got a pretty good look at what she looked like: thin, tall, slightly but not overly-muscular. Stewart's love for his wife also bubbled up with the password. Gracie felt a little jealous.
Gracie crawled back out of Stewart's mind and delivered the password. Rosario typed it in and started downloading the files onto his flash drive. Gracie turned to walk back out of the room when she heard Rosario gasp at the lines of text running down the screen of his smartphone.
"If these files are what I think they are, this is much bigger than they told us. We have to get this stuff back right now."
Can't Stay for Long
Mind Blast: superior (rank 2)
It's amazing the lengths to which a brain will go in order to protect its integrity. It will go even as far as beginning to destroy itself, curl up in a ball of insanity rather than let foreign entities take over and run wanton with their bodies.
Gracie was catapulted out of Stewart's head, rejected like a bad organ. For a second, she thought she knew what her father's transplant kidney had felt like: Unnecessary and Unwanted. Granted she was a parasite in Stewart's brain, but just once, Gracie wanted to be able to spend time in a body that she liked that liked her.
Gracie found herself unceremoniously dumped back in her body, outside, alone, in Derek's car. It was cold and lonely in the car, as no one had stayed behind to make sure Gracie's lifeless body was okay. Gracie-as-Gracie watched Bowdoin's front door eagerly through the passenger side window. Derek and Rosario walked leisurely out the front door, strolling back to the car. Gracie's face brightened. Derek slid into the driver's seat, Rosario made himself comfortable in the back, this time fully awake, scrolling through file names on his smartphone with a mixture of awe and fear on his face.
Derek, breathing heavily, turned to Gracie and said, "Did you knock that guy out on purpose? It was a wonderful job, wonderful."
Gracie didn't feel like explaining that she hadn't really knocked him out, and in a more real sense he had knocked himself out or she had knocked herself out or he had knocked her out; so she just laughed, reclined her seat and went to sleep. Derek laughed along and drove Gracie home.