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sǝʇǝןpǝp ([personal profile] depletes) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2014-05-29 12:07 am

Romanticized əsɹəʌəɹ Stockholm (Lima) Syndrome Meme

 The Romanticized əsɹəʌəɹ Stockholm (Lima) Syndrome Meme



Warning: Potentially triggering subject matter.

They started out as your prisoner. Now, they're so much more as they melt your cold heart.

1. Post with your character name and fandom in the subject line.
2. Include whether you would prefer to be the captor or the victim - or both! You may want to explain why you're character would fit into x role for maximum cross-canon tagging, unless it's obvious.
3. Intentional or no, as the thread progresses, captors will find themselves falling in love with their victims. Whether or not the feeling is mutual is entirely up to the muns. Whether it ends happily or tragically is also up to the muns.

As always, use sensitivity and respect the preferences of others.
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Alex Murphy || RoboCop 2014

[personal profile] yourmove 2014-05-29 08:16 am (UTC)(link)
[Could go either way. If he's the captor, I'd want Alex to be neurosuppressed but the victim makes him gradually start fighting it off. If he's suppressed, he doesn't necessarily need to be working for the Detroit Police. Interested in cross-canon, prose/slow posting]
Edited 2014-05-29 08:16 (UTC)

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-05-29 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
[Would cross-canon, super-hero-ish world work for you?]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-05-30 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
[Sure! What did you have in mind?]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-05-30 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[The people who made Alex into robocop want to privatize super-heroes and/or replace them with a more predictable force? Jayden has powers that enhance other people and/or their powers, so he'd be an interesting study.]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-05-30 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
[So they capture Jayden to study him and Alex is his guard/handler?]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-05-30 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[yeah, does that work for you?]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-05-30 11:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[Works fine!]

i'm fine with prose and action both, so reply however you like and i'll match

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-05-30 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[Jayden usually stays out of the super-power scene as much as he can. But he always jumps in whenever anything happens around him, and now his tendency to run in head first has caught up with him. They're doing something to keep him from creating energy blasts strong enough to damage anything.]

Come on. Just a little news. I have no idea what's going on out there.

[The guy in charge of him- Jayden isn't sure he's a guy. His face looks human and all, and he's the right shape, but he doesn't act like it.]
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I'll try out brackets, I'll move to prose if it's not working out for me

[personal profile] yourmove 2014-05-31 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
You've already been given supplementary reading material.

[Alex doesn't have that annoyed tinge to his voice that a different guard might have: they've fixed pesky things like irritation and boredom by engineering it out of him. Play around with the chemicals in the brain enough and you can turn a cowboy cop into the most obedient of handlers.]

Current events have no direct impact on you. You should focus on getting enough rest for tomorrow's trial run, Jayden.

[Alex looms over him. He does that a lot. When you're six plus feet and then some of graphene and titanium, it's not hard]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-05-31 02:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[Jayden is less than impressed with the 'supplementary reading material', but he's not totally sure boredom is a thing his handler understands.]

I'll be able to rest better if I know what's going on! There are people I care about out there. 'No direct impact' doesn't mean 'no impact'!

[Being a translator, Jayden pays a lot of attention to the specific words used to convey an idea. Being stuck in one place would leave him stressed even if he wasn't also being held captive and forced to fight robots. Alex's close proximity amps up his powers a little, and he's more aware of it due to his agitation. But his handler is still a very intimidating figure, and Jayden isn't going to try to take him on alone.]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-01 04:19 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex continues to tower over him, his face so impassive it looks more like a mask] No. I haven't been authorized to update your supplementary reading material.

[He fails to see what the issue is here: Jayden will only distract himself with events he can't have any impact on, can't change or intercept or do whatever it was he thought "being a hero".]

You should focus on something more productive.

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-01 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
[Jayden makes a face like he's been forced to eat something unpleasant.]

Do you have to have authorization for every thing? Because if that's so, I don't see how you're any less of a prisoner here than I am.

[He takes a step back, because if he doesn't he might do something stupid.]

There's nothing productive for me to do. I don't want to be here. I don't want to do these 'trials'.
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-01 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex doesn't quite rise to the bait. He could point out that he's free to come and go, unlike some people, and that he knows the definition of compliance unlike, again, some people. But he's spent enough time around Jayden to know that he doesn't respond well to that kind of logic and so he doesn't bother.]

Every trial is productive. You're helping to better mankind. Sometimes that requires doing things you don't want to do. [It's all so cut and dry. Sometimes a small part of Alex wonders how Jayden can function in his day to day life in the facility when he's hung up on, well, everything]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-01 02:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[There's a brief spike of energy building up inside of him but it dissipates almost as quickly as it happens, before there's any effect in the visible spectrum. It's a bit like arguing with a wall, but Jayden has never been good at keeping himself from an argument.]

I'm not helping to better mankind. You're a smart guy, you can't honestly believe that. We're helping a corporation get rich off making production-line super-heroes. You might be willing to give up having any kind of life outside this place for that, but I'm not.
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-02 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex's head tilts a fraction, his HUD picking up some spikes in the biometric readings it gets from Jayden. He logs it, dutifully sending it off to his own handler even as he stares down with that so-neutral-it's-blank face]

Not everyone with powers like yours is willing to share them in a legal, productive way, Jayden. [It's Alex's equivalent of a shrug. He keeps telling himself he won't get drawn into these arguments with Jayden and yet here he is]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-02 12:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. And those people get locked up. After going through a trial. There are plenty of people with abilities like mine who are willing to step up and put their lives on the line.

[This argument has really veered off topic, but it's also a subject that could stand a little arguing. He turns away and crosses his arms.]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-03 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[It probably says something about their...relationship if Alex is actually arguing back instead of leveling that flat stare at Jayden and leaving the room with his perfectly sufficient reading material. It wouldn't have happened a few months ago, and it's just slow enough that his handlers haven't noticed. They would've scrubbed him clean if they had and they'd be back where they started]

You're not trained in any real capacity. Think of your powers on someone such as a police officer, for example.

[Alex could also mention that this facility would never turn out Jayden back into the public. They'd liquidate him first.]

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-03 10:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[Arguments are the only real interaction they have, but Jayden will take it. He has to keep trying, if nothing else. The level of engagement he's getting is slowly improving.]

This is the wrong way to approach that solution. It's a thousand dollar solution to a ten dollar problem. Instead of giving powers to the people with training, it'd be easier to give training to the people with powers.

[Although that's not what they did with Alex. And Jayden isn't even totally sure what Alex is.]

More people who use powers to commit felonies gained them on purpose than people who don't.
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-04 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex falls silent thinking it over, face impassive. It's hard to tell if he used to have one of those faces where it was hard to tell how old he was or that came later, from OmniCorp's facial reconstruction.]

You're free to submit your opinions to the review board, Jayden.

[Sadly, this wasn't one of those days were Alex looked like he was willing to sit there for hours debating this. This isn't one of his "good" days, apparently.]

time skip?

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-04 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
[There are times Jayden wishes he had different powers. Dealing with Alex is one of them. He wishes he had empathy, or telepathy.... or maybe he'd need to be a technopath to deal with this, although he wasn't actually sure those were more than rumor.]

I'm pretty sure they don't actually review them. I'll see you in the morning, Alex.
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Works for me. Could be like little vignettes.

[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-04 08:54 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex bends down to retrieve Jayden's tray] Good night.

[He isn't sure when he got into the habit of telling Jayden "good night". It just happened, like the arguments, the push-pull that he knows in the back of his head he shouldn't be indulging as Jayden's handler.

More trials and blood-tests and poking and prodding. Alex is always present, a dark shadow in the room blocking the door or on the other side of the safety glass with the doctors and the techs. Eventually Jayden gets something new: he gets a rest day.

Naturally Alex is there to chaperone
]

The review board seems pleased with your progress.

huzzah

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-04 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[The weird constancy of Alex being nearby is both maddening and comforting. He's stuck in a box and the only thing he's ever sure about is that Alex is going to be there for it. And they're slowly talking more and more from the initial bare-minimum of conversation.]

Gee, you'll forgive me if I'm not jumping for joy.

[The day off would be nice if it wasn't also alarming. It has him worried that they might have everything they need, or that there's something sinister waiting for him.

There have been a few days he's been tempted to just purge his body of energy in a big explosive rush and render himself temporarily powerless to spite them, but that didn't go over well the first time, and he wasn't eager to repeat the experience.

But he has been getting better at using his powers. Faster, more controlled. His body has also been adapting to the schedule.
]

Do you think that means this'll be over soon?

[Jayden wasn't very optimistic about that. The fact that he spent a lot of his time traveling meant that there really wasn't anyone to noticed if he suddenly went missing. People definitely had noticed by now, but he wasn't even sure anyone was looking. He was probably assumed dead. And the people in charge couldn't exactly have him running off and talking about what happened here.

It is a fairly depressing thought and he tried not to think about it, but sometimes it's hard to find other things to occupy his mind. He's taken to voluntarily getting in very close proximity to Alex. It's the closest thing he has to friendly contact around here, and he's come to miss the constant buzzing sensation in his powers that comes from being around people.
]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-05 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
[Alex identifies the sarcasm for what it is. It’s not something he partakes himself, but his analysis software recognizes a common coping mechanism when it sees one. He rewards Jayden with his usual silence, his lips pressed into that thin line as they walk down the hall. Alex towers over just about everyone in the building. Where everyone - even Jayden - is stuck wearing shades of white, he's stuck in that SWAT team black.]

Doubtful. Your powers are likely to increase and/or evolve as you age. [And because Alex is a charmer, he adds] Most of the other participants didn't make it as far as you have.

[It's meant to be encouraging. His current state of neurosuppression means Alex doesn't feel much of anything, but he does have a general idea that he might, just might, be impressed. His past charges weren't as stubborn as Jayden. They didn't always insist on...insisting. It's one of those things that Alex sometimes, in the rare moments he's shuttled away for maintenance, prefers Jayden doesn't get scrubbed out of him.

He supposes he could submit an argument against it. Something about Jayden's sense of self and self-worth being critical to the study of his abilities. Alex files that one away.
]

wow sorry i could have sworn i posted my reply to this

[personal profile] fulcrumshift 2014-06-06 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
[It's a bit like a compliment, and Jayden has come to recognize those little remarks as being probably the closest things Alex gives to praise. And while he takes it as a positive sign, the content is a bit more alarming.

He has a feeling he doesn't want to know, but that feeling has never been able to overrule his curiosity.
]

Others? What happened to them?

[It's alarming enough that his body has an automatic response. The 'day off' made him a little anxious to begin with, but this is even worse.]
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[personal profile] yourmove 2014-06-07 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
[This should be the part where Alex has that niggling voice saying "you better keep your damn mouth shut or better yet, lie your ass off."

Too bad they suppressed that out of him.
]

They burnt out too fast from a mix of emotional and physical stress, unfortunately.

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