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New Gotham, Monday
So. That happened. Dinah had lost two school weeks to the Island's craziness, as well as her Spring Break. Fortunately Midterms had been before the break, and while she was way behind in her studying, she was only about a week behind in assignments. Nikki and Peter had wondered where the hell she got to, but after a lot of apologizing and claiming she'd been dealing with a lost passport and phone, were willing to let it go and keep employing her.

Life went on.

Coming home to cry all over Helena and Barbara and Alfred with total relief didn't mitigate the flinching when she saw Reese. In some other world, she'd murdered his dad. But Al Hawke had to be okay, since no one was mentioning him being killed in a fairly grisly fashion. But just because it didn't stick didn't mean it didn't matter.

For the first time in years, she was thinking of contacting Pam Redmond. Or at least finding out how she was doing. Ted could fall off the edge of the earth and she wouldn't care, but having recent memories of calling her Aunt Pam, and thinking of her as family, was doing a number on Dinah's head.

The mess with Priestly didn't bear talking about, just yet. She was barely able to think about it without wanting to be sick. She had about five levels of issues to sort through and none of them were easy. And she couldn't even call her best friend to help with them. Priestly really wouldn't want to hear from her, and he deserved the space.

She sent out a text like Momoko's: Back home in New Gotham. Headcount, please? I want to know you guys are back for reals.

Then settled in to play pool with Gabby. Who didn't ask questions. And was wonderfully, totally sane, unlike the rest of her life.

[ooc: if you think you got a text, you did, yup.]
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Raven had been paying little attention to her phone, but she did eventually text back.

I am in Fandom and having a very interesting time. Are you all right?

Well, I'm not bleeding.

Yeah, that said a lot, didn't it.

Glad you're back! I was worried about you guys, couldn't get through to Glacia-Balmia.

How're you doing?

Repressing. Winning the Repressing Olympics, as a matter of fact.

Trying to put that ridiculousness all behind me. I found someone here to help me with that.

Yeah? How's that work? Really, Dinah would totally order that online if she could.

I have not felt better in quite some time. If ever a text message came with a purr, it would be this one.

Is there anything I can do to help you feel better? You know I can.

Oh, Raven. Never change. That got a smile out of Dinah.

I think this one's just gonna take time. And being myself again for the first time in three weeks.

How *much* better? Ooooo?

It is simply amazing how good letting go can feel. :)

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Alive and well. I have a head again, so that's good. You're in one piece and all?

Jonothon totally focussed on what was important, here.

Oh whew. Yeah, that was something to worry about with Jono. That maybe loosing a head couldn't be reversed.

One piece. Not totally sane, but one piece.

They tell me sanity is horribly overrated. Not sure who 'they' are, but in this case I'm willing to take their word for it.

You knew it was bad when Jono was the one trying to pick up the mood.

If you want to talk about anything, luv, I'm here.

You rock. There's stuff...

Dinah took a minute to take her turn at the pool table, and then added:

If you're sure. I don't wanna whine too much to the guy who just got his body back, jeez.

We ALL just got our bodies back. I just lucked out and got more of it back than I've had in a while. I'm sure.

Jono sat there on the edge of his bed for a moment, and then scooped up Joni and deposited her into his lap.

There. Totally ready for supportive friend duty.

Gabby's turn again. Dinah leaned against the wall and texted:

The *easy* one? Was the me whose foster parents actually liked her. Because I didn't have meta abilities.

My foster dad was still a jerk, but part of me misses Aunt Pam when I never did before.

A different Aunt Pam. Might not help much, but you're missing somebody who you forged a relationship with under very different circumstances.

He furrowed his brow a little after he sent his text, and then added,

Their loss. You are so much more than your powers. Always will be.

Which, given the other half of the month, made her wince, and take a long drink from her Diet Coke.

I have to remember that, or I'm going to end up emailing her or Facebook stalking her or Google-alerting her when I don't even care what's happening in Missouri. And she'd never write back.

Which hurt. And then:

I liked being a social worker. I liked helping people. Not as tough. Not as punchy. But still.

And for the rest of the month, I was more evil than vampire me with way less excuse.

You?


Yeah, Jono might need the chance to vent too.

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