Coalesce; Reborn Elemental June 20th, 2012 "Good grief! Where is all of this heat coming from?" Cicadas screeched loudly permeating the Texas beach with the feeling of uncontrollable heat, while the young blonde fanned herself with a tanning voucher. "Celina, everyone else on the beach seems to be just fine except you." Her boyfriend commented from a stretch of sand beside her. Celina scanned the other picnicking groups on the beach, who, as he said, were having a splendid time. "Well that's just not fair." She pouted fanning herself harder. " Well, then take off your swim suit." He commented propping himself onto his elbows with a mischievous grin. She smiled, sarcastically scrunching her nose. " In your dreams, Michael." Celina sighed fanning herself violently "I really, don't feel so good." she moaned. Her boyfriend sighed "oh don't play that with me," Celina stopped fanning herself abruptly, frozen in place " your mom told me all about your- " Blondie literally melted into a puddle of water in front of him. After a moment of mouth gaping silence he scrambled to his feet and over to her puddle. "CELINA?!" Celina was obviously not there anymore. "BREAKING NEWS, a young woman, this morning reportedly melted on a Texas beach, and later an elderly man burst into flames in a shopping mall, stay tuned for World news ALERTs in a moment." The lovely brunette's smile was deceivingly hopeful of the events now taking place. That day more than 113 reports of melting, bursting into flame, whisking away on the wind and turning into stone rocked the nation's news. By the end of the week the numbers had reached just over 2,000 occurrences and 746 bystander deaths worldwide. The world was confounded by a rapidly spreading epidemic that seemed to be linked to bursts of elemental fury. The US, France, Germany, South Korea, the UK, Canada and Australia formed a coalition, putting in place advanced quarantine regulations requiring weekly examinations for each of the victim's family members and those exposed to it; together they dropped petty squabbles and pooled their medical resources, scientists and previously hidden tech in order to discover the cause. Soon after a genetic marker was discovered to have emerged in the recent medical history of every victim of the disease. Thankfully, the marker was not present in every citizen examined but what terrified most was that it could not be predicted either. One never knew if it would be a neighbor, family member, or even co-worker that would result in death/s. Citizens of the world lived in fear of developing the marker and instead of seeking to help others through their loss were reclusive or visited the specialists excessively and in vain. Less than a month later any occurrences of the disease appeared to have ceased, leaving as abruptly as it had come. The disappearance of the epidemic left a wave relief and confusion among the citizens as well as Coalition specialists analyzing it. The families of the dead barely had time to grieve before, exactly one week later, the discovery of a frozen Lake Mead left many questions as to how it had occurred in late July. A swift, secretive investigation revealed it to be the cause of one person. A person with the epidemic's marker who had NOT died. Once the US shared this information with the other governing countries, they were informed of others across the world; each affected, by a different element, that had not died of it. Collectively identifying six elements: water, earth, fire, air, light and electricity. Several were taken into forced custody for "safety" reasons, others were unable to be located and some still refused to leave the safety of their home. The press did eventually find out about them, actively hounding government officials with the excuse that the victims had done nothing wrong and had the right to freedom over their own lives in an attempt to get at the "truth" of the matter. Others, mainly families of previously lost victims, took the view that the people who had survived caused it or, in an extreme case, because they now controlled the element that they were possessed with the spirits of their dead loved ones. The Government agreed to freedom but did not concede the right to protect the public from the potential danger. The solution? The six Elementals are to be offered special housing by the coalition, outside Seattle, where their lives will be monitored by a newly formed protective detail (EPMD). In condition to that, they were required to sign an agreement of study of their elemental powers. How will they deal with losing their previous lives? What can they do with their elements? What will they do next? how will their lives go on? ______________________________________________________________________________ This is a story I had started about 6 months ago and was unable to continue due to a life struggle. I'd like to give it a second try if there are enough people interested This is a realistic, futuristic, and fantasy theme. While I do have a few plots this will be character/player driven and exploratory. The story will be focused on the six, potentially eight, young men and women discovered to have the permanent marker and their Detail's life and struggle as the world around them goes through major changes. Elements; Water, Earth, Fire, Air, light and Electricity Questions, thoughts, Ideas? .