Blink’s earlier adventures:
Blink’s First Adventure | 2 | 3 | 4
Superhero Summer Camp (this one): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Stevie’s first thought was rentacop, but the guy wasn’t being rude. But… “Sim Room?”
“The big room on F-2. You know how to find it?”
Stevie shrugged. “Yeah.”
The security dude left, leaving Stevie to wonder why it had that name, but he figured he would find out soon enough.
When Stevie stepped through the double doors, he thought at first that he was in the wrong place—except that Professor Zero was waiting for him. “Welcome to the Simulation Room, Blink,” he said.
“Where did all this stuff come from?” Stevie asked, waving at the buildings and trees that turned the huge room into an indoor town.
“It’s all modular,” the Professor explained. “The buildings actually have only three sides, and they fold in for storage. Cranes in the ceiling deploy the pieces as needed. We can configure this room for a variety of simulations, and have it ready in a matter of minutes. Are you familiar with the concept of a staging area?”
“Think of it as a mobile headquarters. If there’s a situation that requires a superhero, we’ll have a staging area set up. We try to gather as much information about the situation as we can before sending anyone in. Our staging area is over here.” Zero led him to a table, sheltered from the fake town by portable barricades and two trucks, and pointed to a map. “How would you get into this house, assuming that people across the street are watching, without them seeing you?”
Stevie studied the map. “I guess I’d try popping over to here.” He pointed at a spot a few houses down from the target. “Then I’d go through the back yards and pop inside that way.”
“That might work. Are you up to trying it?”
“I’ve never gone that far, but I don’t see why not.”
“Oh, wait.” Zero handed him a headset. “Put this on. We’ll need you to communicate with the staging area.”
“Okay.” Stevie slipped the headset on, then pulled his hood over it, becoming Blink. “Now you see me…” He looked down the street, and found the place he wanted to go.
And there he was. He ducked away from the street and rounded the back of the house. Even forewarned, he did a double-take at the missing back wall, but scanned across to the house he wanted. One pop took him behind the house; another pop and he was on the second floor, sneaking a peek out the window.
“I’m there,” he whispered. “One of the guys in the house across the street is looking back down your way.”
“Nicely done, Blink,” Zero replied. “Fourteen seconds. Come on back.”
“Okay.” Blink popped directly back to the staging area, startling Professor Zero and his two assistants.
“It only took you one teleport to come back?” Zero asked. “How many did you use to get there?”
“Three. One to get to the place I pointed at earlier. I ran to the back and popped across to the house you wanted me to go in, then I popped inside. I knew where the staging area was already, so I just went straight back.”
“Ah. So you need to see where you’re going?”
Blink shrugged. “Sort of. I can pop in and out of houses, though. I did that when I got Frank Crain out of the Blackuras’ place.”
“So how did you figure out what you can do?”
“I didn’t. I just do it. I was thinking on the way here, it would be cool if I could pop myself to the beach. Mom, too. But she’d freak out.”
Professor Zero nodded. “Good idea, not letting your mom know. Have you tried to figure out what you can’t do yet?”
“Uh-uh. I haven’t really tried to push the limits, yet. I don’t want to pop into the middle of a wall or something.”
“Prudent. Any idea how far you can go, or how often you can use your ability?”
“Not yet. What I did just now is the farthest I ever went.”
“Do you want to try going all the way down to the other end and back?”
Blink shrugged. “Sure.” He looked down the long street… and then he was standing at the far end. “I made it,” he said into his headset. “No problem.”
The assistants, standing behind Professor Zero, whispered among themselves. “I’ve seen it, but I still can’t get used to it,” said one.
“At least we’re functional, not just staring and drooling like with Miss Siles.”
“I suppose we’ll have to go outdoors to test your distance limits,” Professor Zero spoke into his headset. “But I expect if you can see your destination, or can accurately visualize it, you can send yourself there regardless of distance. The trick will be to find out how often you can do it, and what conditions might limit it. Come on back, that takes care of today’s test cases. Conditioning and Self-Defense will wrap up your day.”