[Adventure] Fun and Games

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“Oh, look. There it is.” Silvio said as he pointed into the distance. A dozen or so kids rushed over to one side of the bus, pressing their faces against the windows just to see the top of a Ferris wheel cresting over the horizon. Silvio was trying to remember if he'd even been to an amusement park when they drove past a big billboard on the side of the highway. “Bring the whole family to Pacific Park!” it read, set inside a blown up photo of a generic family, walking through the park, looking like they were having the time of their lives. The sounds of excitement from the children slowly died down. Silvio shared an uneasy look with another chaperone across the aisle who turned around in her chair so everyone could see her. “Get back in your seats kids,” she said as cheerfully as she could. “We’ll be there real soon!” Silvio just looked out of the window again. Out of all his options for community service he just had to pick the ‘easiest’ one. Great choice, Silvio. You truly know what’s best for the community, he thought to himself. A slight smile crept across his face. Compared to his last trip, how bad could it be?
 
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After spilling out of the bus and entering the park, the three other chaperones split off into their own groups, leaving Silvio with three kids to entertain. He took a moment to smell each one individually so he couldn’t lose track of them. They were already trying to wander toward the first thing that caught their attention so he had to huddle them together and smell each one, which was getting him some weird looks from other attendees. He rushed them off a random direction and entered the first attraction they could find. All Silvio had to do was keep Bean, Sock, and Onion entertained. He didn’t bother to learn their actual names so he just went with his first impressions.

Silvio sat in a little padded car, legs scrunched up inside, going round and round a track with a bunch of other cars. He had a scowl on his face, trying his best to slip past the car in front of him but every time he’d get cut off and bounce jarringly off its bumper. What made it worse is that each time Onion blocked him, he would laugh this high-pitched, impish laugh that really got under his skin. He turned his wheel to try going around the outside when Bean’s car crashed into him from his side, making him scrape against the inner boundary as she bombarded him with obscenities. Then Onion stopped in front of him, forcing Silvio to come to a halt. Sock’s car slammed into his from behind immediately after and he apologized profusely for it yet failed miserably at getting past him. The ride’s overseer, a guy who looked incredibly bored, grew to about three times his normal size and flung their cars back on course.

After suffering through that ordeal, Silvio and co came across a booth with a number of plush toys hanging up. They vaguely resembled popular heroes. Of course, they weren’t simply for sale. You had to knock down a stack of bottles with a ball to to win a prize. He had some money to spend on this kind of thing so he asked the kids if they wanted to give it a shot. Onion and Sock declined, wanting nothing to do with it for whatever reason. Bean demanded he play in her place to a prize for her. He reluctantly went along with it. The game looked easy enough that he could be done with it quick. He bought a few balls and tossed one at the base of the stack. The ball hit its mark but bounced off without the stack so much as budging. He tried again, aiming a bit higher and throwing a bit harder. Again, a bust. He glared at the owner of the booth who pretended to look innocent as she stifled a laugh. Bean, looking disappointed, looked down and discovered a list of rules in the corner. One of them allowed the use of quirks with the condition that all parties involved can use them, including the owner. Silvio argued that he wasn’t using a quirk but was quickly refuted. Silvio’s canine physiology granted him innate strength which gave him an advantage in the game, giving her free reign to use her quirk to make things difficult for him. His tail wagged behind him. He wasn’t going to back down from a challenge. He wasn’t spending his own money so he had nothing to lose.

Silvio stepped back from the booth with his last ball and winded up like a seasoned baseball pitcher would. He then threw the ball at the stack once again, this time with far greater speed and power. The ball collided with the corner of the stack and blew it away. The rest of the stack seemed to hang in the air unnaturally as though suspended there. He lost. Looking at the owner, Silvio noticed owner she was starting to sweat. It probably took some mental effort effort to keep the bottles in place. He looked at Bean who had newfound hope in her eyes and he could tell she wanted him to try again, and he agreed.

Slamming more money onto the table, Silvio bought another round of balls which he had Bean hold for him. He winded up just like before and threw pitch after pitch into a new stack of bottles, each one devastating the structure’s foundation and sending pieces of bottle flying. By the time he reached his last ball yet again, only a single bottle remained suspended in the air with all the concentration the owner could muster. When Bean handed him the last ball she told him she used her quirk to solidify the air inside, making it feel less like a hollow sphere of rubber and more like a brick. Silvio’s final throw smashed the levitating bottle to pieces and hit the back wall of the booth with a loud crunch that startled people nearby. And so, Bean picked out her prize, a portal girl plushie, and seemed content. Happy to see she wasn’t giving him trouble anymore, he turned to the rest of the kids who were nowhere to be found.

Trying not to panic, Silvio and Bean ran off in search of the others, his nose leading him to right the park’s roller coaster. Onion was with Sock by the entrance to the ride. He was goading and making fun of Sock for not wanting to ride the rollercoaster. Sock looked like he could cry at any moment. Silvio suggested they all ride the rollercoaster together but Sock refused. After several minutes of patient negotiation, Silvio managed to convince him to ride with them as long as Silvio sat next to him.

Halfway up the first hill, Silvio ears laid flat against his head in anticipation. He’d never actually ridden a roller coaster before and didn’t think they’d be so high up off the ground. Sock was doing surprisingly well, likely because his eyes were closed. When the coaster reached the peak of its height Silvio could feel his heart rate speeding up. A low whimper escaped him as the cart plummeted downward along the track, only getting faster as it went. Silvio quickly got over his anxiety as he got used to the coaster’s dips and turns. He looked over at Sock to see how he was faring.

No one was there.

A string of swear words rapid-fired from his mouth as he looked around for any sign of the boy behind them of beneath them. He had no idea how the kid could have gotten out of his harness without him noticing. He’d die if anything happened to these kids while they were in his care. It was then that he realized, looking closely at the boy’s seat, that his harness was still in its original position as though someone was still in it. Silvio reached out into the empty space and felt a trembling arm clutching hard on the horizontal bar in front of him. Silvio let go of the bar with one of his arms and held Sock’s around his shoulders. In a few moments, Silvio felt a hand grab hold of the fur on his arm and Sock’s body began to gradually lose its transparency until he became fully visible. He eyes were red like he’d been crying but now he seemed to be regaining composure.

The rest of the ride completed uneventfully. Everyone had a fun time except Sock who still claimed he didn’t like rollercoasters but was glad to be able to experience it at least once.

Some time later, Silvio and co met up with the rest of the chaperones and left the park to gather on the bus once more. While the children talked excitedly amongst themselves, the adults talked as well. The other chaperones told Silvio they were surprised he did so well with his kids given their circumstances. They told him that all of the children were orphans and that his group in particular was a difficult bunch. Bean was the daughter of a single father who lost custody of Bean upon arrest for being a villian. Sock’s parents were killed by villains in front of him while he hid invisibly until a hero could save him. Onion was abandoned as soon as his parents learned he would manifest neither of their powerful quirks or any quirk at all for that matter. The point of the trip was to allow these kids to forget their circumstances for a while and enjoy themselves like any other kid. Silvio spent the rest of the bus ride thinking of his own parents and the care they showed while raising him. He began to consider visiting the orphanage when he’s strong enough, when he’s ready to have children of his own.
 

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Cute story, really enjoyed it. With this you have completed the prompt given, granting you 2 Trait Points for your Heroic Services.
 
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