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New Gotham City, Simone Auditorium, Wednesday afternoon
"Everybody ready?"


"Then let's DO IT!"

'It' being a free-climb of Simone Auditorium on-campus, during lunch hour. Eight members of the Jump Club ran and jumped at the hall at once, and started climbing the steeply angled walls and cross-beams toward the top. The longest they could stay was probably a half-hour, before the campus security decided to shut them down. They usually turned a blind eye to the Jump Club's attempts on the water tower and a few other structures on-campus-- it got great publicity for the campus-- but they couldn't actually say "sure, go ahead, climb the outside of the buildings."

Dan, a forestry grad student and the club's main coordinator, was in the lead, Dinah right behind and below him, Etienne and Jody staggered below her on their side. They'd done this kind of climb once before, over at the two-story library. Six stories was different, and there were fewer handholds on the auditorium. But still! It was working, going great, Dinah was finding the hand-holds, grinning up at the sun. Almost as fun as air-walking--


She jerked, turning to look down, and saw Etienne hanging by one hand, feet windmilling for purchase. Jody was reaching up from below him, blue eyes wide and alarmed. He was three stories up, above the pads they'd put down on the pavement, but at this height--

"Etienne, grab for my foot!" Dinah called, getting a good grip and stretching one leg downward. Jody was trying to grab Etienne's trainer, and give him a boost--

He reached, and missed. His leg struck out, loosening his other handhold, and he started to fall backwards away from the building, yelling.

Dinah grabbed him with her telekinesis and slammed him back into the angled surface, and held him in place until he got a grip, groaning in pain, and starting to try and carefully make his way back to the plaza. Jody climbed up to help him, and Dinah reversed course to join them, fingers trembling. So close, too close--

Dan was already sliding back down yelling, "Off off off," to the whole team.

"What the hell was that, 'Tienne?" Dan asked, face pale when they were all on the ground. "I thought you were toast."

"Wind?" Etienne said, eyes dazed, shaking. "I don't-- my fingers slipped, and then my weight, I didn't have my feet set... Shit." He started muttering in French. Jody was hugging him.

"Right, we're done for the day," Dan decided. He huffed a breath and ran a hand through his curls. "Everybody, meet back at the club room, Jody, take him to the Clinic to get checked out, okay?"

The other four team members nodded soberly, and Dinah released a slow breath. And didn't meet anyone's eyes.

[ooc: establishy but open!]

"I was wondering if they were having the same frustrations with their future jobs as you were. But it sounds like they're in totally different fields."

"Oh! No, they've been fine! I mean, Kaoru's changed a little? She only wanted to be a wrestler until we graduated. But she's an awesome coach, and she enjoys teaching people, so we all said she should at least try it. And she won't be able to wrestle forever."

Dinah nodded, then said aloud, "Wish I could help more. But there's a reason *I'm* not in the Police Academy. And this thing with Jump Club illustrates it, but I think I'd be jumping out of my skin anyway."

Momoko smiled. "I'm totally not jumping out of my skin, and what I'm learning is important, but..."

but she wasn't happy.

She shrugged, trying to lighten her response. "You know, I totally think it would be funny to see you try a day here."

"Heh." Dinah's smirk was speculative. "Maybe? I mean, the consequences wouldn't be as bad, outside my world, if I screwed it up. And it would be cool to see how your police department works...."