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The Xavier Institute Mod Journal ([personal profile] astonishing_xmods) wrote in [community profile] xavier_institute_logs2016-01-04 12:35 pm
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Light the Fires

Who: Everybody!
What: News from around the world, live and in full color.
Where: Anywhere with a television, radio, or computer screen
When: All week
Warning(s): If a thread goes into warning label territory, either throw it in the subject line or take it to a separate log.

"...passports and visas of mutant citizens have been frozen, effectively barring them from legitimately entering or leaving the United States. The U.S. Department of State has assured visa and passport holders that this is an emergency freeze, not cancellation, but outcry against this policy has been loud and immediate. The Department has refused to budge in this matter, citing concerns of national security..."

"...security at District X and other mutant enclaves throughout the country has dramatically increased, enforcing curfews and severely limiting travel. Crime reports have plunged, but complaints of abuse by authorities and excessive use of force have spiked. The National Guard has stated that these concerns are being investigated with due diligence..."

"...opponents have likened these measures to the Mutant Registration Act in all but name, enacted without going through legislative channels. Proponents have denied any connection to the MRA, instead reiterating that these measures were undertaken in the interests of national defense at the brink of open war..."

"...the New Years Eve celebrations in Times Square this year came amid heightened security, but no major incidents were reported. The crowds rang in the new year with a mixture of optimism and anxious hope for a better tomorrow..."


[[ ooc: News Mingle! Feel free to start your own threads in this log in response to one or more of these news clips, or even to things related but not specifically posted here. In addition, feel free to use the plotting post, even if your character won’t be participating in the infiltration mission!]]

eileaneathompson: (Gao)

[personal profile] eileaneathompson 2016-01-04 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Eli's headache was FINALLY subsiding enough that she had slipped into the common room, and was trying to work on belated holiday presents. She had sent clones out shopping, but they all came back in somewhat harried shape, enough so that she didn't absorb them to learn what had happened. She just took the purchases and unmade them.

So she'd be sitting in the commons, trying not to listen to the news, as she made out belated cards and wrapped gifts. She got something for nearly everyone, so feel free to come ask if one of them is for you.
martyrerkomplex: (Come to my window)

[personal profile] martyrerkomplex 2016-01-22 06:25 am (UTC)(link)
It had been a year now since the beginning of Krista's grand experiment in getting people to like her, and while there were several important takeaway lessons, one of them was this:

Food never hurt.

Which was why she had two mugs of hot chocolate in hand when she came to the common room, and was quick to set one in front of Eli.

"Eli, here you are! What are you working on?"

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and end thread?

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gregorydeegan: (Rocking loud)

OTA

[personal profile] gregorydeegan 2016-01-04 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Greg has been doing his best to help, wherever and however he can. He's been trying to keep spirits up, as best as possible as well. So now, with no one able to fly home, and all the tension, he'd flip off the TV in one of the rooms and start jamming on his guitar, picking something he believes will be well known enough to get everyone singing along.


He strums, and starts singing quietly, ""When I find myself in times of trouble...." This wasn't his usual pace or genre, but he felt that it would help and be familiar to the most people. He'd amp the tempo after.
no_girl: (neutral2)

[personal profile] no_girl 2016-01-10 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Unfortunately, not a lot of people joined in... but after awhile, there was at least not someone leaving and heading to another room. A familiar face.

"Guess people aren't really in a good mood for some kumbaya, as much as they seem to need it... The mood is really oppressive, lately, isn't it?"

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rhiaofdruma: (Neutral)

Outside -OTA

[personal profile] rhiaofdruma 2016-01-04 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Hearing someone listening to the news on a radio, or computer, or phone, or tablet, or what have you, Rhia dropped from the trees, the small 13 year old looking like a bit of the forest herself, with her bark brown skin and hair, and her clothes made of spring leaves and vines, still bright and vibrant, even in Winter.

"What does that mean?" she asked, her blue-grey eyes curious.
endurancepoint: (and i'm the queen of england)

[personal profile] endurancepoint 2016-01-14 06:19 am (UTC)(link)
Alex was bundled up against the cold. He could have just stayed inside to catch the news, squeezed in with everyone else in the lounge to watch the news tick across the television screen. But every time he did it ended up feeling too claustrophobic, despite the size of the room. He didn't want to feel cut off, especially not with Sabina texting him nearly every day, asking if he was alright, still a little angry he dropped off the grid last summer, so he'd found as sunny a spot as he could on the grounds and wrapped his gloved hands around his phone, watching news clip after news clip.

Even if the leaves didn't rustle, Alex could tell when someone was watching him. After the last incident in District X, he'd reluctantly touched his powers again, which meant it was impossible to ignore the very human-shaped cluster of probabilities hanging out over head. So when he got a quick flash of a brown and green girl dropping down next to him, he didn't flinch when it actually happened.

"What does what mean?" he replied, because really, that question could be in relation to a lot of things.

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aquawayfinder: (Back into Battle)

OTA

[personal profile] aquawayfinder 2016-01-04 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
With everything going on in the wider world, Aqua decided to hold a calm relaxation class in one of the exercise rooms for whoever wanted it. She came in, after the news, to the commons to announce it, and left a note on her door. She went down to the gym and sat tailor style on the floor, meditating as she waited to see who would choose to join her.
kikosho: (Default)

[personal profile] kikosho 2016-01-10 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Chun-li was a regular in the gym. In fact, aside from the time she spent during drill instruction and in her own room, it hardly seemed like she ever left the place. She took training very seriously, after all... and it wasn't like there was any real detective work to keep her busy. Miss Frost had told her, pretty specifically, not to get involved in the investigation, due to ICPO possibly declaring a conflict of interest and pulling her back to Lyon, and away from where she needed, and wanted, to be.

So she'd been taking out her frustration on the gym equipment. And after a particularly rough session, she plopped herself nearby Aqua, noting her meditation... But not so much that she didn't interrupt it.

"Penny for your thoughts?"

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tiamaris: Tiamaris is a broad shouldered young man with a stony expression and short blond hair. His eyes, at the moment, are gold (Default)

OTA

[personal profile] tiamaris 2016-01-04 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Tiamaris was hiding. Not that most people considered sitting outside with their back to the school as hiding. But he didn't trust himself to be indoors just then. He wasn't proud of how he lost control. Again. He wasn't proud of the anger or fear or rage, or of what he did... what he almost did. He had thought he had been learning, making progress...

And he had slept inside after, had timidly attempted to be indoors to be... "normal". Until the news started, and just hearing what they had one through discussed by the reporters was enough to send the large boy outside, as far from everything as he could get, without leaving at all.

He closed his eyes, wondering what would happen to him, to all of them, if this school ever fell....
koukai_kirai: (He's gentle and wild)

[personal profile] koukai_kirai 2016-01-22 06:47 am (UTC)(link)
Hijikata didn't seem like he was looking for anyone when he came outside (in his tailored winter coat and designer scarf, his long hair impeccable as ever). He wandered out, found himself a spot on the wall to lean on, and dug through his pockets for his cigarettes and lighter. He didn't even seem to notice that Tiamaris was there at all until after his first drag, when, without looking at him at all, he spoke.

"Out for some peace and quiet?"

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uvumi: (like a shadow on the ground)

OTA

[personal profile] uvumi 2016-01-04 09:23 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sandrilene fa Toren is furious. She has entered and exited dozens of countries within her short life, and this is the first time she's been barred from doing either. She had hoped to return home to spend Midwinter with her uncle, but that had not been possible. Suffice to say, her uncle isn't pleased either, but there isn't much a small Mediterranean duchy can do against the political, economical, and military clout of the US.

So Sandry has thrown herself into a project. She's seen how miserable the conditions in District X are, especially where warm blankets and clothing are concerned. And though she was no use whatsoever in the recent altercation with the Brotherhood and National Guard, she knows she can at least help where cloth is concerned. So instead of going home for Midwinter, Sandry purchased a great deal of fleece fabric and wool yarn.

Whenever she has free time, she can be found in the student lounge crafting. With the yarn she knits hats, scarves, gloves, and socks, and with the fleece she ties blankets and scarves and makes liners for hats and gloves. And though she doesn't know it, her power seeps into the items she makes, causing them to become more durable and retain heat more than they naturally would.
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Edited 2016-01-04 21:23 (UTC)
long_live_the_queen: (guess she doesn't need a nose)

[personal profile] long_live_the_queen 2016-01-09 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
Is that a scarf?

[Kaede was...well, not one to usually say much. Or even normally in the lounge where there were people, unless they were very specific people.

Today was different; the horned mutant was halfway to the table Sandy was working at, not entirely sure how close she should approach.
]

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martyrerkomplex: (To ease this precious ache)

[personal profile] martyrerkomplex 2016-01-22 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
[Charity work? Always relevant to Krista's interests.]

[She comes near while Sandry is working, offering her a gentle smile.]


That looks lovely. Have you been knitting for a long time?

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friendofdorothy: (Default)

[personal profile] friendofdorothy 2016-01-04 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Liir fumes a bit. Then, to noone in particular:

"Well at least I won't ever have to hear someone threaten to move to Canada if this or that happens again."
long_live_the_queen: (are you talking about my hat)

[personal profile] long_live_the_queen 2016-01-04 10:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"I was wondering when they'd put me on a no-fly list," Kaede responded anyway. Sort of.

She was watching the news with slightly more interest than usual, quietly thinking anxious things to herself. Xavier had handled most of the paperwork that brought her to this country to begin with, besides her signature. She didn't...know where she'd go, if they expelled all mutants.

Unless the idea was to pin them all in place so they could be easily rounded up into internment camps.
niepokonany: (Who don't believe in sensible rules)

[personal profile] niepokonany 2016-01-22 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
"No, now it's just gonna be all, like, tips for how to sneak into Canada."

Which he wouldn't really blame people for, at this rate.
jolie_aile: (dammit math)

OTA

[personal profile] jolie_aile 2016-01-08 06:56 pm (UTC)(link)
[Well. That’d teach her not to wonder how much worse things could possibly get.

Flandre’s parents had been livid, of course—not at her, but that didn’t alleviate her guilt any. If she had just done more, maybe things would be different. She...had quite been looking forwards to visiting her family again. Visiting home again. A video conference wasn’t anywhere close to the same.

Even obsessively getting gifts for everyone she knew, barely or not at all, couldn’t distract Flandre from the inevitability that she’d be needed again.

And she couldn't fail this time.

Almost every day, she was practicing; in the Danger Room, against mundane practice dummies in the surface training rooms, anywhere to distract herself.]
stardustreverie: (I'm listening)

[personal profile] stardustreverie 2016-01-10 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
[Even if Marisa had been focused on keeping warm and recovering from the overuse, She was fairly unhappy about the situation herself as she had promised her father she'd try to come over for a bit. With the freeze in effect, she had to call and talk with him for a bit over a few days time. But..she had other people to worry about too.

She slipped in quietly, trying not to be noticed so she could toss a star over Flandre's shoulder to sit on the dummies shoulder. It was then, Marisa would speak. She was ironically wearing the sweater she was given.
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musou_tensei: (you really think so?)

[personal profile] musou_tensei 2016-01-10 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
It's like I'm looking into a mirror.

-Reimu hadn't announced himself entering the Danger Room. In fact, he hadn't even come into the main room. The voice came from the observation deck.-

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niepokonany: (You WILL get chlamydia... and die.)

[personal profile] niepokonany 2016-01-22 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Outside the danger room doors, Feliks checks his watch and heaves a melodramatic sigh. And he thought the showers on a school dance night were bad!]

[He hears the program stopping or pausing, and takes the opportunity to knock on the door.]


Okay, whoever's been beating up their feelings in there, come on! You've been in there forever, some of the rest of us have emotions we wanna punch, too!

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long_live_the_queen: (I forget what she's looking at)

OTA

[personal profile] long_live_the_queen 2016-01-08 06:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[So she’d been wrong; the soldiers hadn’t actually turned their guns on them.

At least not where anyone with an Institute ID card could see.

This time, she couldn’t shrug the news off of her shoulders like insignificant water. Kaede had come to enjoy staying here. The thought of being thrown out of the country made something cold and unpleasant well up in her chest.

She wasn’t haunting any of her usual places; they didn’t bring her much comfort now. But the longer she was around people, the more she could pretend the voices would never fade.

Eventually, Kaede started to actively seek out people she knew, wherever they were. Voluntarily, and without needing to be chased down first.

...maybe the world was ending.
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droppedbucket: (The Beauty in Nature)

Re: OTA

[personal profile] droppedbucket 2016-01-10 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
[It wasn't hard to find Kisume, as she hadn't even been outside all that much. She was easily found in a side room, watching out the window quietly. Mostly resting after doing some training on her own. Keeping what she was doing a, no so well kept, secret.]

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koukai_kirai: (Samson came to my bed)

Open, backdated towards the beginning of the month

[personal profile] koukai_kirai 2016-01-21 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[I - Teachers' Lounge]

[There are some members of the staff, as winter break nears its end, who are buried in homework for the last few days, trying to get it all graded before their classes start up again.]

[Hijikata isn't a person like that.]

[As a matter of fact, he's spent most of the morning very, very subtly gloating about already having his work done -- he's set up camp in the corner of the teachers' lounge with a pot of tea, a new novel, a stack of mail, and his cat in his lap, and has been just sort of listening to people panic about unfinished lesson plans that, delightfully, aren't his problem. The lamentations of the irresponsible are like sweet, sweet music to his ears, sometimes.]

[At one point in the morning, though, his mood does go a little darker. It's a few minutes after a radio report on the passport and visa freezes, and he's sifting through his mail when he happens on a bundle of cards. The one on the top has an ink painting of a mouse on it, and when he flips it over, he sees his brother's handwriting, in Japanese.]

[Toshi, It's strange to think we won't see you for New Years this time, though I suppose I should know it's not cheap for you to come back every year. We'd all been hoping to see Souji again, after hearing that he's found his way back to you. The weather has been mild in Tokyo this winter, but...]

[The words blur out, and it takes him half a second to connect it to his eyes stinging. Shit. He didn't think that would happen. He grits his teeth and puts the postcards down, hoping no one saw him.]


[II. - History classroom]

[Since classes aren't in session, there's plenty of privacy to be had in the classrooms, and Hijikata has laid claim to his usual one once again. It's a familiar scene, one many of the staff and students have seen him surrounded by before -- empty and half-empty tea mugs on the desk, TV on in the corner, the chalkboard and the ashtray on the desk both filling up over the course of the afternoon. At any given moment, he's likely got chalk in his right hand and a cigarette in his left, the chalk making a steady tik-tik-tik against the board as he takes rapidfire notes in Japanese -- executive order, pressure from security agencies, violates Prague Accords 2018, alleged civil rights violation, disruption of emergency supplies, on and on and on, with the less important bits periodically getting erased for space.]

[In the very corner of the board, there's a little blocked-off square, with a haiku (still Japanese) scratched down under the words "District X" (in English):]

[Held without a crime
The new year's wind howls, cries out
For absent justice
]


[III. - Gym]

[It's usually early in the morning or late in the evening when Hijikata hits the gym to train, before most people are awake or after all club activities have wrapped up. His routine varies from day to day, though it does always include his usual kendo drills -- and whether he's swimming, running, or hitting the weights, he's always pushing himself to do a little bit more, and to do it a little bit better.]

[For someone else, keeping up with a routine like that might be punishingly difficult, but honestly, it's always something of a relief to him to be able to just focus on the physical for a little while. He gets wrapped up in what he's doing, sometimes to the point of hardly seeming to notice anyone else who might be there -- and when he leaves, his shoulders are just a little looser than usual, freed from a little bit of the weight he's always carrying around on them.]
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aquawayfinder: (Touched)

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[personal profile] aquawayfinder 2016-01-22 08:08 am (UTC)(link)
She had been getting ready to hold a meditation class for any students who needed the calm, when she saw him. Concern crossed her features, and she walked over, sitting beside him so she could speak quietly, and still be heard.

"Are you alright?" she asked him softly, laying a hand on his.

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niepokonany: (She is starting to damage my calm!)

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[personal profile] niepokonany 2016-01-22 04:49 am (UTC)(link)
[Anyone who's been around the school for a while has probably on multiple occasions seen Feliks in one of the lounge areas, taking up more of a couch than anyone as tiny as him has half a right to, watching the news and offering cheerful, chatty, peanut gallery commentary.]

[More rarely, he gets openly annoyed with what he's seeing.]

[Most people probably haven't seen him as he is on this particular day -- pacing the floor restlessly, glaring daggers at half the newscasters, switching between muttering and shouting depending on which story is on. Those who know a little Polish might pick up phrases like "fascist BS", "whose side is that jackass on today?", "Americans, all goddamn crazy about their ~constitution~ right up until the moment it's protecting someone they feel like screwing with!", and "national security interests my perky white ass, this is bullshit!"]

[Every now and then, he throws a couch pillow at the wall. It doesn't change anything, but it makes him feel a little better.]
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gregorydeegan: (Smug)

Re: Open, backdated towards the beginning of the month

[personal profile] gregorydeegan 2016-01-22 08:19 am (UTC)(link)
Greg set his guitar to one side as his friend threw the cushion. He picked up another and lightly smacked his friend in the back with it. "If you throw them all at the wall, we won't have enough for a couch fort," he said with a smirk. If ever someone needed a couch fort, it would be Feliks at this moment.

"C'mon. We'll build an epic one. Yeah?"

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martyrerkomplex: (You don't know how much I'd give)

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[personal profile] martyrerkomplex 2016-01-22 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
[Krista doesn't spend too much of her time watching the news -- honestly, there's only so much time she can spend looking quietly shocked and sympathetic, but the excuse she's using is that she spent so much of last semester sick that she's determined to get a head start on her work for the new semester. A student council representative needs to set a good example, after all!]

[She does, however, hang around public areas of the school with her textbooks a lot, and whenever she sees anyone who looks like the news is upsetting them, she's quick to leave the books behind and come to their side.]


Are you going to be alright...? Maybe we should turn that off for a little while...
friendofdorothy: (scowl)

[personal profile] friendofdorothy 2016-01-28 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[Liir'd been emphatically frowning at it. But he wasn't exactly surprised, just angry, maybe cursing himself for not being prepared enough. He waved her concern away. Krista, at least, was just the person he was looking for.]

The news always does this to me. More importantly, I wanted to talk to you.
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