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About an hour later, I find myself in what looks to be an elaborate training rom. I got a better look at Star Labs this time, and I have to admit, my mind was blown. It doesn’t look nearly this cool from the outside. I was introduced to so many people I can hardly keep them straight. There was Barry’s foster family; Joseph West, or Joe for short, who is a homicide detective at the Central City Police Department; Iris West, Joe’s daughter, who is a reporter for the Central City Picture News; and Wallace West, or Wally for short, though I’m not clear what he does. It has something to do with cars. Then there was Dr. Caitlin Snow, who is Star Labs’s bioengineer.
Now I’m standing in this training room, feeling like a duffus, cause I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing. I take a minute to look at all the shiny and cool-looking tech, that I have no idea what they do, but looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. I then turn to look at the others.
Of all the people I was introduced to, only four are here now: Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, and Dr. Wells. They make an interesting group. A forensic scientist turned super-speeding hero of Central City called the Flash, a bioengineer with hints of a dark past in her eyes, a mechanical engineer genius/tech wiz/huge nerd turned breech-opening vision-seeing medahuman nicknamed Vibe, and the founder of Star Labs from another Earth with little sense of humor. Hmm… They seem to get along. Now they turn their attention to me.
“So,” Ciso begins, practically bouncing with excitement, “Who’s ready form some meda-testing?”
“That’s not a word, Cisco,” Barry shakes his head.
“Madehuman wasn’t a word until we made it a word.”
“Whatever,” Barry sighs, then turns his focus back to me, “We want to do some testing with you.”
“What?” My mind takes this in all the wrong directions.
“What they’re trying to say,” Caitlin explains softly, “Is that we want to run some tests on your medahuman abilities, to learn the extent of what you can do.”
“Oh!” This makes more sense now, “How does one go about that?”
“We’ll get to that in a minute.” Dr.Wells is talking now, “First, did you know anything about your abilities before Zoom captured you, Miss Allen?”
“I knew I could make things explode, which was how I made the cuffs explode, but other then that, no.”
“How did you find this out?”
“Uh…” I let my eyes trail to the ground, feeling the heat of a blush creeping up my cheeks. “It’s kinda a funny story.” My nervous giggle escapes my lips. I start to explain, “It was about two weeks ago. There’s this kid at school who was always pestering me, saying that he wants to go on a date, but I don’t really like him. One day, he was following me as I walked home, asking if I needed help with my books, but I kept turning him down.
“I was getting so frustrated that I wasn’t paying attention to where I was walking and tripped. He helped me up, which was nice and all, but then he kept his grip on my arm and wouldn’t let go. I tried to pull away, getting more angry, but it was a useless struggle, he was much stronger than me. Then he tried to pull a fast one, leaning towards me. I was so angry by then, I drew back to hit him, but before I could, the light post next to us just, explodes.
“Not only that, but I wasn’t angry anymore. It was like a switch. As he ran off, I started to realize that it might have been me who did that. My suspicions were pretty much confirmed after it happened several other times, every one being when I was very upset or angry. The explosion with the cuffs was the first time I controlled it.”
“Wow!” Is Cisco’s reply, “That’s so cool!”
“That’s one way to put it,” Barry smiles at me, clearly guessing how terrifying that was for me.
“So,” Wells continues, ignoring the others, “Could you explain what you felt when you were finding these other abilities at Zoom’s lair? Also, if there was anything significant about them?”
“Other than being terrified?”
“Then you have to give me a minute on that.”
As I mull over my thoughts, Wells turns and says something to Barry, who frowns and walks out of the room. What was I feeling?
“Well,” I start slowly, “When I thought Zoom across the room, I didn’t feel scared, now that I think about it. I felt power. It was like before I was empty, but then it was welling up inside. It was enough to make me lightheaded. But I somehow knew that I could stop Zoom, get him away from me, before I did it. I didn’t know what I was doing, nor what I was going to do, but right then, it didn’t matter. Are you following?”
“Some,” Wells replies, “Go on.”
“Then there was the falling from the cliff. Everything seemed to be going in slow motion. I was silently wishing that I was safe. That I was on the ground. Then, suddenly, I was there. I’m not sure if that’s all there is to it though,” I trail off, struggling to understand what happened. Then it hit me. “Shadows!”
“I beg your pardon?” Wells blinks at me in confusion.
“When I was teleported, I was in shadow! It’s like it’s…”
“Shadow travel!” Cisco and I say at the same time.
“What?” Wells looks helplessly lost.
“Shadow travel,” I repeat, “I can use shadows to travel from place to place.”
“How do you do that?” Wells asks. I close my eyes, thinking.
“I’ve got no clue,” I reply, then yelp as I open my eyes. Barry is suddenly in front of me.
I throw my hands up as I jump back a step. “Don’t do that!” One of the computers next to me, at least, I think it is a computer, explodes. I stare at it for a moment, then curse, turn heel, and run out of the room. I can hear Cisco’s frustrated cry of, “I just fixed that, dude!”, as I exit. At least he’s not mad at me.
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