5098/Catch Me Up Before You Go-Go

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Catch Me Up Before You Go-Go
Date of Scene: 09 February 2021
Location: Main Room - Titan's Tower
Synopsis: It's always important to know your friend's cover story, so that you don't actually blow it. This is the same principle at play regardless of whether your friend just snuck out to go to a rock concert his mom didn't want him to attend, or if your friend is traveling untold light-years in a pilgrimage to her old homeworld.
Cast of Characters: Terry O'Neil, Kara Danvers

Terry O'Neil has posed:
<<Kara, I need to talk to you before you head out! Meet me in the main room?>>

The text had been sent in the morning, and soon after the Titans had faced Garfield's doppelganger, who was eventually captured with great success. Now, Terry is relaxing in the main room, which has been cleared of much of the debris, and repaired by means both technological and magical. A can of his favorite soda in one hand and tablet in the other, he's spending a few minutes to himself to wind down from all of the action earlier today. He hoped Kara would be by, although he knew she must be busy with all of the preparations for their upcoming trip.

Kara Danvers has posed:
    Kara lands with a flourish through the windows in to the main room. There's a bit of tar burning on her cape. She turns suddenly and grabs it, then uses her freezing breath to cool it down. She peels the tar off and tosses it in to the bin. She peers at Terry relaxing non-chalant. No doubt whatever Kara was doing involved saving lives.

    "I got your message Vorpvorp," she says with a smile and hops on to the couch next to him for maximum bounce. Probably too much bounce for the soda in Terry's hand. She wraps an arm about his shoulders and gives him a mandatory non-skippable side hug.

Terry O'Neil has posed:
Terry is never one to say no to hugs, even in his human form. The redhead returns the hug and chuckles, "Thanks for responding! It looks like I interrupted a hot date." His jokes are just as bad as Gar's, so it is clear that they're made for one another.

The soda does splash out a little bit, but he makes it work by lapping it up as fast as he can, "Woops... can't spill on the couch or Cait will string me up!"

"So... I heard someone's taking a road trip?" the human redhead says, an eyebrow raising, "And my boss is coming with, I hear."

Kara Danvers has posed:
    Her eyes flick back and forth over Terry thoughtfully as she considers her words and wonders just what he's been told. "....Yes?," is the best non-committal response she can muster. She's still terrible at lying even after spending three years presenting to be someone else.

    "It wasn't a hot date though, it was a runaway road construction machine in Italy. Sloshed everywhere, quite the mess," she says eyeing the sloshed soda that Terry is lapping up. "So...... I'm going home. Might be a week or two. I am feeling quite selfish about it to be honest. There's so much happening here on Earth all the time I feel like I should may be cancel the trip and stay here instead."

Terry O'Neil has posed:
"Oh heavens, not you too?" Terry chuckles and shakes his head. "First Lois is telling me she can not go so she can be here in case I need her, and now- look, Kara, Titans are here to cover for each other. If you can't be here for a stretch, we'll step up. And then you'll cove for Donna when she needs to go to, I don't know, Queen Polly's ten thousandth birthday party. We're all allowed a little time to ourselves and our families."

He crosses his arms after finishing the soda, "But I do have a question. How do you want to deal with The Planet? I mean, I know Lois will be going so she won't know you're not there... but do you want to, I don't know, complete a few assignments at super-speed and I can create an illusion of you to turn them in so Perry, Lois and Clark don't suspect anything?"

Kara Danvers has posed:
    Kara twists her lips and sighs, then shrugs her shoulders and nods. "Yeah. If not now then when. There'll always be another disaster waiting to happen that I could be there to help with. Troia already told me that same thing." She smiles a touch and then says, "Okay so you're in the loop as to what is happening.. but was this more than wanting a /ehrosh/ hug?"

    She briefly considers nudging him in the sides but remembers that could turn out really badly for Terry. "As far as Perry is concerned I am to be swamped with school work for the week so... don't blow that lie please? I'm not particularly good at them to begin with and it's already flimsy as all heck."

Terry O'Neil has posed:
"Alright! Just as long as I know what your cover story is, I can make sure not to blow it." The redhead nods, "The second item in the agenda is that we're to maintain the illusion that you /haven't/ left. So... do you have time tomorrow to do a quick interview that we can record for the website? I spoke to Lois about it and she's ok with me releasing it about four days after you've left and pass it off as a live interview. I'm going to try to get one with Power Girl too to 'air' about four or five days later, that way we can maintain the fiction. For a three-for-three I could aim for Superman as well, but knowing how you three are all going off to save the world every five minutes or so, I'll consider myself lucky if I can get /one/ interview for the ruse." He grins.

And then he brings his phone up and turns the camera on. "Also... I need to take a snapshot, if you don't mind? I want to make sure every detail is perfect when I send illusions of you flying around Metropolis. Can't have any mistakes that will give up the game, right?"

Kara Danvers has posed:
    A slightly mortified look crosses over her face. First people look up to her and make merchandise of her, then she has to give speeches in front of important people in the Justice League and the Titans and even SHIELD.. and now Terry is talking pre-recorded 'live' interviews.

    "Uhhh... wait who is going to interview me?," she says feeling hot around the collar and swallows as a lump suddenly forms in her throat. "I don't .. word.. good.. under pressure. Is there time for me to /zhi shi zha/ on this?" Biting her bottom lip, "What questions would be asked?"

Terry O'Neil has posed:
Right, the language factor . It wasn't quite fair to ask her to answer questions extemporaneously while having difficulties. "Don't worry, I'll be interviewing you. And it won't /really/ be live. We'll pre-record and we can do as many takes as you're comfortable with. I'll get two cameras and do two angles, and I can edit it to look seamless. I'll also give you the questions tonight ahead of time... but really, most of it is fluff. Questions you can answer in your sleep."

The redhead grins after snapping the picture and putting his phone away, "The goal isn't to do cutting-edge journalism here, but to give the impression that you're still around and you dropped by for an interview."

Kara Danvers has posed:
    There's a slow bewildered looking nod from Kara and then she blinks and asks, "What illusions of me flying around Metropolis? oh no... Terry." She stares for a moment and then rests a hand on his thigh, "What is it you think I do every day?" The hello song from the Animaniacs would come to mind if she knew of it, but the long list of languages she's slowly been learning is an indication of just how much she travels. Not that she speaks much of anything but English and Kryptonian in the Titans Tower.

Terry O'Neil has posed:
"Sightings of you, Power Girl and Superman around the globe. You know, those light up on social media. When you leave Earth, it'll be /very/ evident that you are not around because your sightings will decrease," Terry explains, "Donna and I talked about it. Since I have the ability to Rabbit Hole anywhere in the world, I can pop in across the globe at regular intervals and, through my powers of illusion, engineer a brief sighting here and there. Enough to not arouse any suspicions."

He leans back on the couch, "It's simple. There are some kinds of troublemakers who are deterred by the knowledge that your family is actively watching. This is nothing more than some Cheshire trickery to keep them believing that is the case while you're away."

Kara Danvers has posed:
    Kara looks a touch bewildered and then nods her head. "You've thought of everything," she says and smiles. "This is a really smart idea. I was a little worried people would realise we're gone and stir up trouble thinking they can get away with it - putting peoples lives in danger, and my friends. The Justice League will be thankful for this too."

    She smiles at how proud of his plan he looks right now, as well he should be. "Just don't get caught? Worse than my family disappearing is someone getting caught pretending we hadn't disappeared..." she smiles and folds her arms, "Soo... when is this interview?"

Terry O'Neil has posed:
"Hey, what's family for? We may not be from Krypton, but the Titans are all one family. We look after each other... and don't worry, I'll make myself invisible while projecting those illusions. I'm gonna perform them for the others before go time to make sure every potential detail has been corrected."

"As for the interview... let's do it tomorrow after dinner? That should give me some time to type out the questions and send them to you. Gar's still recovering from the fight with his Doppelganger and he's being a total spoiled brat about it." He grins, and makes a rather bad impersonation of Gar- "Terr-yyy I'm hungry, can you get me some food? My back aches, can I get a massage? I think it's time to change my bandages!"

The redhead winks, "He's not that bad, but I'm indulging him because it was a pretty brutal fightm and he was magnificent." He looks down at his phone, and chuckles as a notification pops up. "Speaking of the devil, I should go to his room and wake him up."

Kara Danvers has posed:
    She smiles and nods her head, "Yes, we are family too. English needs more kinds of words for family and love." She looks a touch bemused though and says, "Good. I don't want you to get hurt because I go on a pilgrimage." She nods her head, "Okay. After dinner tomorrow. Cutting it close, but we will make it work." She chuckles at the impression of Gar and says, "He deserves some rest. You too." She nods her head, "Go to your partner." She hops back up and offers one last hug, "I have to go. I have a lot of things to do."

Terry O'Neil has posed:
"Alright, see you then!" Terry says, and gladly accepts the hug. "And while you're out there... see if you can find any more cool space rocks to bring back! The last one you gave me is in the trophy room and it looks absolutely awesome under the display lights. I was think-"

He glances down at his phone and sees a text message. "Hah. Sleeping beauty has awakened, I had better go back with a food offering or else!" he grins and tosses his empty can in the trash before waving at Kara, "After dinner tomorrow!"