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 Posted: May 24 2012, 04:26 AM
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ABOVE EARTH

To Susan Storm, along with her little brother Johnny, as well as Ben Grimm and Reed Richards, going into space was probably a good idea and a very bad one. A prototype starship, made for travel and observance of naturally occurring cosmic storms and solar winds, seemed to be the height of Reed's career. She couldn't have said she was unhappy with her decision to go outside the planet but she still had her own reservations. Susan was a bright woman, filled with an early start to a good future, and though her stint in show business had failed there she was, willing to keep herself on a track to new beginnings and amazing outcomes. That's why she'd decided to go into space. The thrill of adventure and the spark of exciting new things broiled in her blood the same it had brought about interest in space from Reed. Maybe she was foolish to believe she could be of any use, maybe she was hoping for something good to come her way. Any choice she had in the matter had been stamped out thanks to the little voice in the back of her head telling her it was a great and noble cause she was taking up. This moment in time, when all else seemed lost to the planet beneath them, this adventure was definitely worth it. "Control says we've made it to the Thermosphere." They were coming close to Earth's orbit, she knew that much, and she had brushed up on enough of what they were doing to get by. She was by no means as smart as Reed and she was definitely not a pilot like Ben, but she could handle herself. She had as much faith in herself as she did in Johnny, whom had come along for the ride it seemed. It made her smile to think they were finally doing it; they were accomplishing Reed's dream.

What she didn't expect was what would happen to them after embarking on this fantastic journey into the outer reaches.

"Exosphere in five." Five minutes and they would break the sphere of natural orbit surrounding the planet, giving her reason to believe they were going above and beyond the reaches of NASA satellites and other shuttles. But whatever their mission was, whatever journey Reed wanted to take them on, that was her dream too. Sue knew what it meant to be a good friend and an even better partner, and for the moment she was glad to be in the company of fine human beings like those she surrounded herself with. She also knew Reed had wanted to see a cosmic storm, something he had been calculating and talking about for a while. Whatever it was, whatever it was going to do, it would be a light show to end all firework displays. Oh yes, that seemed like a lot more fun than she was giving outer space credit for. Drawing herself upright in her own seat, buckled in still as the cabin of the ship rattled slightly with the pressure aleviating around them, Sue took a deep breath. Nothing said "fun times and fast games" like a casual jog into the vacuum of space.
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 Posted: May 26 2012, 04:09 AM
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    Events leading up today had been a little chaotic for the others but quite entertaining for him, then again he didn’t take this as seriously as they did. When he’d joked about Ben weighing down the star-ship, apparently his comments were not appreciated by the pilot. Then again it hadn’t helped that he stuck a picture of The Hulk he got from a news article with the photo shopped face of Ben on the panel in front of Ben’s pilot chair. Ben did not appreciate that, but Johnny found the screwed up picture launched at him to mean Ben wasn’t amused. After that he promised it was the only thing he’d done to windup Reed’s little bodyguard, but that wasn’t exactly true, he had other ways planned to wind the old guy up. Johnny wasn’t paying any attention to Reed talking, anything he had said during the day was met with nods and reassurance he was listening-even though he hadn’t been. Repeating the end of a sentence he overheard did not count as fully understanding what was going to happen. It wasn’t like he didn’t know how to actually pay attention and help when needed, he knew how the engineering systems on the star-ship worked, he’d actually paid attention to all of that part.

    Johnny could understand it, which was why he had listened, nothing went over his head when he understood it, and Reed’s science talk blew past him but not the mechanics of the ship. He had promised Sue that he was going to actually be helpful during the trip and that was partially true as far as engineering stuff went and entertainment value. Johnny was looking forward to seeing the ‘firework’ display this cosmic cloud was going to cause, that really did sound quite exciting. It was the stuff in between that he was mentally growling at, whether they’d get him doing the stupid little odd jobs just because he wasn’t the pilot, or the nerd who built it, or the girlfriend. Out of the four of them he knew he’d be given the lamest of jobs to do, but if anyone dared ask him to toss them one of those disgusting nutrition bars he would launch it at their head. Johnny was not their maid, he had no intention to play the role, and though chances are he’d have to because he was the less qualified of the nerds.

    His ring tone all morning had been the theme to Star Trek, and the amount of times it rang meant the song was driving Ben a little crazy, enough to threaten to smash the thing. The morning really had been pretty damn eventful and now he sat there a little bored strapped to the chair waiting to them to reach the orbit and for him to stretch his legs about. It was a little rocky at first and he didn’t exactly have a lot of experience in this type of environment but that didn’t bother him, the shaking and rattling did a little. It was enough to ask Reed a little question or rather imply a little joke that seemed to have Sue glare at him-again, for the twentieth time today. “Reed, I hope you used the really strong glue on this baby, especially on Ben’s chair, it needs to be stable to hold that wide load” he smirked tapping his finger on the chair arm waiting things to be over with so he could move about. Yeah, the immaturity of his question wasn’t going away, however he was actually asking if the thing was secure, the rattle did concern him and Reed would know his design better than anyone.
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 Posted: May 26 2012, 06:26 AM
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[INAUGURAL POST]

Breaking things was something of a habit for Reed, even considering the occasional unintentional occurrence. He had broken toys, broken bones and, admittedly, a few hearts. He had broken labs, broken atoms, broken molecular bonds and broken records (at local, national and global levels, at that). Yet the one thing that remained touched and unbroken by Reed, was the law.

Temporarily, of course.

What was technically a space shuttle shook as it climbed upwards, and the four people within it shook as well. The trip they undertook was one Reed had tirelessly worked on, suffering tirades from government officials who seemed to lack any sort of similar vision as him. Instead, each and every well suited, well shaven and well composed bureaucrat had responded to Reed's lonely enthusiasm with a well worded denial of permission in the form of a single, definitive "No". And assuming Reed's definition of a 'denial of permission' is on the same line as the government's definition of a 'denial of permission', then, by definition -

- he had broken the law.

Illegality aside (for the moment, at least), Reed Richards let a smile form on his face from his co-pilot seat, futilely pulling back the yoke in an effort to make the shuttle go faster. His breaths became more frequent as the excitement built up, and his grip on the yoke tightened. "We've left the troposphere," he exclaimed, somewhat breathlessly. "Now, it's possible that the five-segment SRB's might breach, release the pressurized hot gas inside and consequently lead to the integral failure of our external fuel tanks which would cause the disintegration of this shuttle - much like the Challenger shuttle."

"The shuttle should manage to avoid any of that, though," he added, somewhat reassuringly, to Johnny. The craft shook again as Reed loosened his grip on the yoke, almost beginning to loosen his own seat buckle before dropping his arms by his side. "Stratosphere ... mesosphere," he began, counting down.

"Control says we've made it to the Thermosphere. Exosphere in five."

"It's fantastic here, actually," he began, twisting his body and turning his head around to look at Johnny and Sue. "What we describe as the Southern and Northern Lights are charged particles colliding with various atoms and molecules here at exceptionally high latitudes. The particles respond to their excess energy by emitting photons of light, which we perceive to be the coloured auroras!"

The stars came into clear view as they reached escape velocity, breaking through the exosphere.

"Fantastic ..."

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 Posted: May 28 2012, 03:21 AM
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    Everything being said around him just flew through one ear and out of the other leaving a rather clueless Johnny just sitting there nodding as if he was even paying any attention. There were comments on this troposphere, then a SRB potential breaching-whatever that was didn’t make Johnny feel all too safe. Part of Johnny wished that he didn’t ask when he got his answer in the form of a rather long winded sentence about the hot gas and fuel failure. It was the word disintegration that worried him more and he really wished he didn’t ask. But Reed always analyzed things, it was something that wound Sue up when it took them long enough to be considered a dating couple. Reed would not put Sue in danger, or the rest of them if he wasn’t certain they would be safe. But, that didn’t help Johnny hearing the potential disintegration of the shuttle and remind him of the Challenger. “Should?” he repeated. That wasn’t a word he liked to hear in this type of situation.

    “Should as in you’re one hundred percent certain, or should as in we have a fifty-fifty chance of ending up floating around in pieces?” he sighed out and put his head back tapping his hands on the arm sections. More words with a sphere on the end, ones he had no clue about, however he did know one word with a sphere on the end, though that was from Final Fantasy. “Dressphere in one!” he called out loudly and with a wide smirk on his face. Yeah, he felt a little left out with all this geek talk being thrown about and that was the only word he felt was suitable right then. He was still glad he came along, it was something to check off his list and it wasn’t like Reed had a queue of people wanting to come with them. This felt like a family vacation, Reed and Sue as the parents and Ben as the easily irritated uncle leaving Johnny as the innocent little child. Though, many would agree that Johnny was hardly innocent, but he didn’t exactly act like the mature adult and he was happy with that.

    They were close enough to see some of the stars as he completely blanked the talk about the lights, though he was able to figure out they were talking about the Aurora Borealis. Well, he thought as that was some weird light pattern and Reed’s last word was Auroras, so it did make sense. “Freedom in five….four…twenty….thirty two…!” he turned to Ben and whistled. “Nice job big fella, we can make a pilot out of you yet. You applied the hand-break yet?” he teased looked around the shuttle. “No disintegration…check. Now, can I move about yet….I’m feeling a little nauseous, I might throw up on Ben’s head” he kept a stern face as he said it, though wasn’t going to he did enjoy the taunting as he took a peek at the visible stars and light particles Reed was on about. It was rather nice, he had to admit it, and probably was one of the bigger reasons to come along and see something new. “Your boyfriend’s right Sue…the particle thingies and the space stuff make a nice display”
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 Posted: May 31 2012, 03:54 PM
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Was Ben worried? Not really. He was more worried about how he would cover up Johnny's murder. They were about to reach outer space. He was the pilot; maybe that's why he wasn't worried. Some might say he is being cocky, but confident was a word Ben Grimm preferred. Or maybe it had nothing to do with his confidence. Maybe the reason he had zero worry was because Reed Richards was the one who planned this little get away. Either way, Ben was confident nothing would go wrong. Hell, if things go the way Ben wants them to, Johnny will be gasping for air pretty soon.

Wide load. Ben wasn't even that big and yet Johnny commented on it. "Don't worry pretty boy. You'll have more ta worry about when we get back ta Earth." It was true. This little get away that Reed planned was illegal. He had not gotten approval from SHIELD so therefore, if the trip to space was not a success and they don't die in the process they will likely return to Earth as fugitives. Which was not good. Ben did not want to be a fugitive but he was willing to take that risk for his friend. It wasn't really a big deal. This was Reed Richards, one of the greatest minds in the world. Surely his plan was fool proof. Or in other words, Johnny proof.

"Should as in, you should shut yer yap already." With every "sphere" they passed, Ben found himself getting more and more focused. Which was why his reply to Johnny was a little more harsh than normal. Upon arrival, if you can even call it arrival, Ben found himself breathing a little easier even though he constantly repeated to himself that everything was going to be fine.

"Yeah.. I wouldn't do that if I were you." Throw up was just a step to far. "So what in the name of Aunt Petunia do we do now, Reed?" Ben would like to think his job was done, but there was still a matter of getting home and doing God knows what else for Reed. It did look beautiful and was definitely worth it so far. Hopefully, it wouldn't turn for the worse. And if it did would it be his fault? He was the pilot after all. Reed and Susie and even that idiot Johnny could be in danger, along with himself.
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 Posted: Jun 7 2012, 01:10 AM
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They had made it.

Reed pushed the sound of the quarreling couple to the back of his head as the shuttle slowed from escape velocity and the curve of the planet came into view on the dashboard. Hands on the arm rest of his seat, he pushed himself forward, leaning closer as much as the seat belt allowed him to. The starry hosts shone at an almost incomprehensible distance, the moon hung comfortably far to the left of them, and Reed half-sat on the seat marveling at it all.

Imagination and perception were qualities he had been gifted with since childhood, spending days upon end wondering at what others told him to be the impossible, but what he knew to be the very possible forerunners of the infinite. He had often situated himself in an array of scenarios, comprehending the infinite, achieving the impossible. Splitting atoms and molecules, discovering elements and exploring new frontiers of galactic proportions. And too many a night had he hung out of his window, gazing up at the stars and imagining himself in the seat of a space shuttle, rocketing past the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere, reaching escape velocity and shooting out from the limiting pull of Earth to find himself staring at the unimaginable, sweeping across the incomprehensible ...

- and scoffing at the impossible.

Yet for all his imagination and dreams - Reed had never thought, or more rather, never settled on what exactly he would say when he got there, when he reached space. Because what words in his vast vocabulary could attach itself to the infinitely endless vacuum before him? Perhaps, though, the most apt thing to say was how there was nothing apt to say about it!

"This ... might surprise you all, but for once - I'm ... at a loss for words."

After some moment, he snapped back around and out of his trance. "Although let's hope this won't be the only time I'm speechless about something," he exclaimed with a grin.

"We should be able to move around once you level us a bit, Ben. Although Johnny, seeing as how I didn't manage to finish work on an artificial gravity device in time, you might want to be careful about where you move."
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 Posted: Jun 13 2012, 11:21 PM
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    [ OOC: This is long overdue. Sorry! ]
The nervousness of being so far from the ground really did a number on Sue's confidence. She was almost certain something bad was going to happen, always got a bad feeling when times like this began to look up. Anything that could go wrong would go wrong, and that was something she was sure even the super-intelligent Reed Richards couldn't foresee coming to pass. But he was smart enough to cover all bases and she was glad to have him as leader. Though Johnny's incessant nagging about the ship possibly incinerating was a little unnerving even at the best of times. Giving him a quick look, almost like she was telling him off without saying anything about his horrid comments on Ben's size she gave an equally as sympathetic look to the pilot of Reed's life's work. Throughout everything she was starting to realize just how important this was, and just how it needed to be done right the first time rather than getting it on trial and error. Wasn't that what they were doing though? This ship had yet to be tested for space flight, a first time for everything, and the idea of it exploding at some unfortunate moment in time and space was also worrisome. But she trusted Reed, was confident in his ability to do what he said he would — keep them safe.

Reed was most definitely right on the view they had now. Very few were privileged with such a marvelous array of astronomical lights, and this was one of the few memories she knew she would keep for the rest of her life. Her wedding day would be another, and the birth of her children would stay with her, but this was the single most important moment in her life — probably even more so for Reed. At his admittance there were no words to really describe what was going on around them she offered a smile, genuinely happy he was getting this moment, the chance of a lifetime, to really appreciate his work to its fullest. It always made her proud to see others proud of their work and Reed was no exception. Johnny had to jump in about the possible incineration of the ship but that was beside the point. They were there and there was nowhere else she'd rather be.

"I don't think moving around is a good idea just yet Johnny. We don't know how the ship is going to hold up. How long until the cosmic storm comes in?" They should at least have been at a safe distance, if not shielded from the rays Reed had predicted were near harmless to some degree. Maybe they would get a light show and that was about it. Maybe something bad would happen. Sue didn't think much of it, not when she was too busy watching out for Johnny to really comprehend just how close they were to the storm. It was only when the dash in front of her went off, sensors beeping and proximity warning detected too close of energy clouds did she snap back to attention on what she was supposed to be watching. How could they have missed it? "Um, Reed? Why is the sensor going off now? I thought you said we'd have plenty of time!" But the storm was already approaching, crackling and flashing with waves of energy fed in from an outside course, a beam of blue light projecting itself from the surface of the Earth clean through to space. And what of the storm? It was moving in. She could see the waves of multi-faceted color as they roiled closer to them, tumultuous with solar winds and threatening everything in their path. But was it really so dangerous as it looked? Sue didn't realize she was holding her breath, her attention fixated on what was coming and not on what everyone else, herself included, were doing.
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 Posted: Jun 15 2012, 01:14 AM
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    If you put four people in a tin can and launched it into space, you’d feel much like Johnny Storm right at that moment when they blasted off. Yes, he trusted Reed and his science skills, but at the same time he was off the ground and not in control of it. There was no room for error and said error was what he was worried about with every little noise the thing gave off. Winding up Ben became his outlet, a way to get through it all and he much appreciate the chance considering Ben was strapped down so not in any position to do anything about it. “Well, we can’t all have the good looks” he smirked tapping his hand on the chair’s arm rests showing some signs of his nervousness and discomfort at the situation. His question was met be another of Ben’s little joke threats, well, hardly a thread but an order to shut his mouth, something that had him smile and not really think about anything else. Ben was blunter than usual, but then again piloting this thing was bound to suck the fun out of anyone’s body. Threatening to vomit was one more little dig to keep his mind off the little creeks he heard to the left of him, something he had to ask about, but was told it was fine moments ago. “I might….I’m feeling … your flying makes me airsick…” he teased him.

    The teasing was short lived as things became a little less hectic and a lot more beautiful and even the science nerd himself was at a loss for words. “Well it sure is something” he agreed and did not even want to ask what type of speechlessness Reed was referring to, but if he was in any way referring to Sue then Johnny was not going to want to hear it. “Somehow…gross” he shuddered and pondered time to get up and move about until Reed mentioned something he was unsure whether or not was a joke or completely serious. He brought up the gravity device and how some places weren’t completely functioning. “Nice…or maybe I’ll just sit right here then.” Johnny wouldn’t sit still, he couldn’t just sit there and not do anything, and it was boring and not possible for him to do such a thing. He clicked his tongue around his mouth impatiently, sitting still was never his strong point and boredom was overtaking him to the point he was debating annoying Ben some more, something that was always a nice light relief for him. He never meant actual harm, the big guy wasn’t bad, but he was the best source of taunting and Johnny loved a good taunting game.

    There it was, Sue ruining the fun telling him to stay where he was and bring up that Cosmic thingy that Johnny really didn’t pay any attention to. “So, this cosmic thingy…big bright lights…like that Borealis?” he didn’t really pronounce it well, let alone get the word exactly right but the Aurora Borealis was what he was referring to. That was a pretty little light show, it was nice to see and harmless, he presumed it was like this cosmic thing, like a storm cloud in the sky. Johnny could actually thing about things; he wasn’t a complete fool with no mind to work out things like that. He did start to fiddle with his belt when the alarms went off and his eyes widened. “Guys….that is a bad sound right?” he knew it was, but didn’t hurt to check he wasn’t getting the wrong idea. The alarm was a bad sound, any alarm meant something was wrong and right then something was deeply wrong and he wasn’t sure what until he gave the window a better glance. Lights, lots of waves of light and a blue stream from Earth had the waves move faster and towards them.

    If this was the light show that Reed was so fascinated about they didn’t need to get a direct full view, the distance they were at was much better than the close proximity warning alarm belting out. “And..It is moving towards us…is that a bad thing? On a scale of one to ten, how screwed are we?” he liked to know how screwed the situation was rather than get told to sit down and shut up. He had actually un-belted himself and stood up to get a better look of the situation, his hand on his sister’s shoulder as he glanced at the moving waves. He wasn’t panicking, only if Sue or Reed started to panic would he know they were completely screwed and whilst she showed that little moment of concern, so far she wasn’t yelling about screaming like a wailing Banshee about how they were all going to die. Not that Johnny had ever heard such a thing or expected her to act that way, she was less crazy than a psychotic bitch screaming the place down like in those horror movies. The staircase did not grant the chick her exit; they always avoided the doors and never had a cell phone on them. He never understood that as everyone had a cell phone in this day and age.

    [ we forgive you, just don't let it happen again... *grins* ]
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 Posted: Jun 17 2012, 10:29 PM
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Reed had so far comforted himself in thinking that he had narrowed the possibility of error or a miscalculation as much as possible - it made for a slightly more relaxing ride. Yet for all his precision, caution and carefulness, there was always a chance of some unfortunate (to say the least) error or life-threatening accident. The numbers weren't exactly 50% to 50%, as Johnny had thought, but more like 75% to 25% (the likelihood belonging to error and death). Like any other cautious scientist, Reed had left that thought in one corner of his mind (to froth and boil, as he regretfully realized now). The banter between Ben and Johnny, alongside the calm aura of Sue, certainly helped with distracting him from the figures.

Unfortunately the blaring proximity alarm he had installed didn't.

"Well my calculations put us intercepting the storm in twenty minutes still," he exclaimed, jostling around trying to locate his notes before his eyes caught the impending and, admittedly, intimidating storm closing in. The magnificence and magnitude of it took him aback, nearly causing him to forget the very predicament it posed. Finally finding his papers, he flicked through them rapidly, eyes scanning each document before dismissing it and continuing onto the next one. Formula after formula popped up, numbers scribbled madly across the page with accompanying notes and references. Yet for all the apparent madness of it, Reed read it with a method in mind - one understandable to himself, like a language to which he could fluently translate. He kept his eyes glued to the pages, not looking up to either of the three around him. "Well which will get you back in the seat, Johnny - one or ten?" he answered, furrowing his brows as he neared the end of his paper pile. Eventually (and with pages to spare), he caught sight of some familiar calculations, putting a finger to it and recalculating it all, mumbling the working out as he went. After several seconds and several checks, Reed came to a final conclusion.

"I don't understand ..."

He turned around in his chair, looking at Ben, Johnny and Sue to explain. "My initial calculations were right, but for this storm to be approaching at the speed it is, there must be some sort of catalyst involved - an entirely new factor must have been introduced and changed my constant figures and the variables in my calculations." Taking another look at the incoming storm, he took a moment to examine it, catching the bright pillar of energy which surged upwards and saw the solar waves of energy spill forwards, much like a growing tsunami in space. "I'd imagine this catalyst to be some sort of device or ... cosmic anomaly that's pulsating energy and causing a rapid growth in the storm."

Spinning his chair back around and tucking away his notes, Reed adjusted his belt as he faced the storm. "You should be able to take us closer in, Ben - it's too late to turn back now and the shuttle's shielding should offer enough protection from the cosmic and gamma radiation that's emanating from the storm." He leaned back, letting out a breath as he settled in the chair.

"We'll head into the eye of it."
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"Johnny! Get in your seat and stay in it!"

The protective sister in Sue had come to the forefront, causing her to heed the warnings of Reed in the manner of which he'd chosen: naming off whether or not a scale of one to ten was going to get Johnny to sit still. This wasn't a typical road trip where Johnny could bounce around the backseat all day. In fact, this was one of those times where she wanted to smack him and tell him to quit acting like a panicked two-year-old. No, she was trying to remain calm for every single one of the men on board. They were strong and didn't doubt their courage for a moment; she had to do the same. Thus she had returned her attention to the information panel in front of her, watching the proximity warning as it started counting down distance to contact. And as Reed shuffled through paper after paper to find what he had been looking for she was starting to grow nervous, eyes darting up to the main observation window showing them the beautiful rage of a cosmic storm. There was no controlling it, no avoiding it, and Reed must have known that. Fighting down the panic inside even as Reed confirmed the storm had something else come into contact with it she took in a deep breath, closing her eyes and hoping the storm would overlook them entirely, would go in some separate direction. Instead Reed wanted them to get closer, telling Ben to pull them in. Shielding be damned, she did not want to die today.

"Are you crazy Reed? Why do you want to get close to that thing? Look at how fast it's moving!" Twenty minutes had turned into two, according to the proximity alert, and she was doing everything she could to make sure the shielding stayed functional. Whatever science he had done to it was going to be not enough, she had the feeling, and worst case scenario was they plummeted back to Earth as a massive fireball. Probably rainbow-colored if the storm meant anything. She was going to take her chances with the ship, trusting Reed enough not to try and convince Ben to turn them around, but as he had adjusted their flight trajectory and aimed right for the storm she gripped the armrests of her seat, leaning back now and tensing all muscles in her body for some kind of impact. Whatever they were supposed to be doing, whatever expedition this was, it was turning into a nightmare she couldn't have foreseen even in her worst dreams. Whatever they were supposed to do she wasn't sure they could do it. Reed was a genius, yes, and Ben was an excellent pilot, but against cosmic forces of nature in which they had no control there was only one way out of this: death.
    [ Sue has officially started to panic. xD Not the crazy screaming panic but she's clammed up and scared. Also, assume that Ben did what Reed said as we've lost our Thing until further notice. ]
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Well things were nice why they lasted. Just when Ben was starting to relax a little bit, here comes Reed with bad news. Ben had already balanced and put on auto pilot. Taking it off and trying to maneuver out of the reach of the cosmic storm would be a waste of time. Ben already knew what he had to do, but it was still nice to hear Reed suggest the same thing. It gave him a sense of relief. Like he was doing the right thing. Still, even though he was doing the right thing, there was no telling how harmful this thing was. Here goes nothing.

It didn't take long for the little girl to begin to panic, Sue Storm began to panic as well. "Reed's right. It's impossible ta avoid it. Our best bet is take it on full speed. Less radiation will hit us that way. Here goes nothing." It only took a second or two for Ben to go from admiring the space to focusing on getting the job done. The cosmic storm was moving fast. Ben was counting the seconds before it hit. Like a calm before the storm type thing. Ben maneuvered the ship to get it where they would enter they eye of the storm.

The cosmic storm was actually beautiful. It was crazy to think that this thing of beauty could cause them their lives. Ben could feel sweat coming down on his for head. How he noticed the sweat in a situation like this, he didn't know. He didn't wipe it off either. He was too nervous. Too nervous of the idea that something could go wrong because he wiped some sweat off. Then again, something had already gone wrong, they were about to be hit by a cosmic storm. Ben clenched his teeth as they headed straight for it.

It only took a few seconds for the storm to reach them. Bright colors of yellow and orange surrounded them. With Ben's whole life flashing before his eyes, he couldn't help but feel a sense of relief that he didn't have anybody waiting for him back on Earth. That would've been just too sad. He could feel his body temperature rising and his body tense up. It only took but a few seconds for them to reach the end of the storm, but it felt like hours. He continued to grind his teeth and hope for the best, because Ben Grimm was never one to give up.

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    Sometimes the fiery Storm sibling felt that his name was the same meaning as ‘shut up’. The tone used always felt firm and when said by his sister it felt like she was scolding him. It was like yelling out to a person but not to call them over or get their attention; instead it felt like he was being yelled at and not yelled to. Curiosity made him get up and already he was being told to sit back down again by the nerd and then his sister and he wasn’t going to wait for Ben to say it either. He sat in his seat, not without a groan though at being yelled at, something he wasn’t going to fight and had no intention to argue further. “Closer to the dangerous phenomena? I’m sorry, but what part of dangerous phenomena was unclear?” he blinked hearing the directions to head into it and not away from it. Even Sue’s voice didn’t seem altogether happy about it, though she wasn’t full on panicking but she was showing that tone of worry and a few little word choices that told her he was worrying her. “Am I the only one who heard SHOULD protect us?” he strapped himself back in feeling quite nervous and worried.

    That word was not one he liked, definitely, absolutely, or would protect them were great word choices. Should? That was not a confident word. His breathing increased, he tried to gulp it down as his hands gripped the arm rests and he looked back and forth to the others before the bright colors got closer and started to surround them. He kept trying to tell himself that Reed wouldn’t endanger their lives-especially Sue. But telling himself that wasn’t changing the thoughts circling his mind and escaping his mouth bringing out the fear of death right then. “Sue, I was the one who started the rumour about you getting the nose job…and who accidentally spilled coffee on your laptop this morning.” He gulped, the urge to come clean about those little incidents he had not been blamed for, but had done were unbearable. It was like he had to come clean in the light of something bad happening, that he was worried he’d never get another chance and had to own up to it now for a clean slate. It was true, he had the urge to clear it up because he was worried about the word ‘should’ in Reed’s statement and the worry about the radiation that might seriously injure if not kill them.

    His breathing picked up forcing his hands to clench around the arm rests gripping them as if he might tear them right off. “Reed…I had t-shirts printed with le Geek no chic on them and sent them to your University in your final year to your class mates.” he gulped. Yes, the young Storm brother had a bunch of shits made with the phrase on it saying that Geeks were not cool and had them delivered to one of his classes to embarrass Reed – especially seeing as some people wore them. Confession was good for the soul when a man thought he was going to die. “And Ben” he paused he froze in his chair. “I know I’m a dick to you but, I just have to say….” He paused again. The words sounded like he was about to say something nice, to apologise for being a dick or pay him a compliment or something to make amends for something in the past. But then, his mouth opened. “I’ve seen better chimps piloting and they have more hair. Your balding is reflecting the radiation and blinding me. Cover that thing up”
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 Posted: Jul 8 2012, 05:17 PM
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The bright colors of the storm were almost blinding. Ben had to squint as he grind his teeth, trying to keep the ship steady. He didn't know what it was about the storm, but it was making his skin crawl and his temperature rise. Ben Grimm found himself feeling rather sick, but he kept doing what he was doing. It was not exactly time for a nap. Even if it was time for a nap, the flashes of the storm were enough to keep anyone awake. It did not take long for them to get through the storm, but each second that passed felt like an hour.

Ben could feel his heart beating fast as well as his lungs breathing fast. He looked around, "Everybody alright?" Part of him did not really care if Johnny was alright. Who the hell has the nerve to crack jokes when they're about to die? Oh well, they were out of the storm and nothing really seemed to be wrong so far. They all could still breathe and were not floating around through space, so that was good news. Ben pushed a button to make the ship fly on auto pilot. He looked at Reed as if he was expecting an explanation. That storm was dangerous. He may not be able to see it now, but he knew something had to be wrong.

Everything seemed to be calm, for now. Ben did not know whether it was time to go home or wait a while. Right now, Reed was the one who had to say what was next on the agenda. Personally, Ben hoped it was time to go home. There was something about flying through a cosmic storm that made the vacation not as fun as it was before. It wasn't that much fun in the beginning to start off with.

"The ship seems to be fully operational." Plus they were still alive. So far there seemed to be nothing but good news flying around. But what now? What was the next step? Reed was at a loss of words earlier, Ben could not help but hope he wasn't at a loss of words now. Mainly because, if it were up to Ben they would already be on their way back to Earth, but since this is Reed's shindig, he would have to be the one who decided what is next on the agenda.
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"I have to!"

The alarm continued blaring within the shuttle and the storm that lay before them flickered with vicious light. The tension rose as did the heat, with the four of them struggling to maintain some sort of sense of the situation, least of all a collected manner. Reed stole away his gaze from the storm to look at the woman behind him, a small hint of desperation in his eyes. "This might be my only chance in this decade to witness something like this! We're this close to it Sue - I can't just give up!" He looked on as she leaned back and resigned to the storm, saw the sweat that trickled down her arms as she tightened her grip around the armrests, watched the woman he loved place her entire trust in his dream.

A dream all four were on their way of achieving.

Ben's voice came over the headset, drawing Reed's eyes away from Sue and back to the fore - back to face the storm ahead. Was Reed right? Were the expectations and assumptions Ben had lumped onto him accurate? The nagging creeper of doubt invaded Reed's thoughts, leaving in its wake an uncertainty as to their survival. The eye of the storm came closer into view as the shuttle dove upwards towards it, the force of uncertainty crushing all four of them unrelentingly. "We're not going to die, Johnny," he muttered reassuringly, although whether he was assuring himself of that or the others was as unknown as what lay before them.

"We're not going to die."

In what felt like mere moments, the storm washed over them. The shuttle hummed as it phased through the storm front, a wave of blue light engulfing them, lashing out at the sides and leaving no bolt untouched. Inside the ship, the temperature rose. He could almost hear the sound of teeth grinding against teeth, of fingers clawing into the seat's armrests and of muffled whimpers. For him, his body gave in, loosening up and leaving behind any tension. And with a refreshed sigh, he watched as the shuttle passed through to the other side, hovering idly in the black space with the vicious storm behind them.

Ben was the first to speak, breaking the tense silence. They had made it. The risk had paid off, and from what they could see, without casualty. A small smile graced his face - relieved, to say the least.

"Take us home, Ben."
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