"..I guess I shouldn't be surprised." Blake came a little closer to look. "What's it say about me? Anything we don't want known?"
He tabbed over to a page with a slightly blurry image cropped from news footage of that first fight on Monday—well, it was probably an image of one of Light's illusions, but it was an accurate likness regardless. "They know a lot about your powers, but I guess it's a little hard to keep that a secret. They know you're 'allies' with the Quinns, Ning—seems like they don't know who she is either, thankfully—Dawn, 'the twins' but with a question mark."
"No idea. It was pretty obvious with Ning, but..."
"Maybe you should test it? You know, in case you need it for something?"
"And you turned back with Plus most recently?"
"Mmhm. Oh! Y-you think maybe if I turned back with this one then the other one would show up?"
"Yeah. So you pick which one's 'extra', but the 'extra' one is your 'weapon'. Let me check one other thing and I'll fix this?"
"O-okay." Blake could feel a deliberate effort to nod coming back through the strings, though it was unsuccessful; her head was as still as ever. He tried pulling at her body to make it move the shadows in the room around. They waved around slightly, but he didn't seem to be able to make anything solidify or gather the way she had the day before..
"Yeeah. You want to say hi to him?"
"N-no!" she squeaked, blushing much brighter. "Please send me back now, I just woke up and this feels really weird..."
"Okay, I'm sorry again." He spoke her phrase, telling it to make her power go back to working the way it usually did for her and return the body. Minus disappeared as abruptly as she'd shown up. "You get to apologize for this at lunch!" he called to the living room, continuing on to getting breakfast.
"There was a..second round. Sa—uh, the Giver or whatever visited a bunch of new people and gave them powers last night."
"I'm not sure whether I should congratulate you or express sympathy."
"They could. But why don't you call? You got the number too."
"I'm not sure I trust them to know about, y'know, this power." Amory looked a bit fearful. "I'm not really sure who I would trust, like, besides you."
"How do you know?"
"Wrong?" Blake gave him a look. "Uh—it's not something wrong exactly—well I mean it might be, buut..look, I told you what my power does but I haven't told you how I do it. It's..it's kinda weird, is all."
"I don't know but I really get the impression changes like that are part of the deal. Do you feel, uh, more powerful or anything?"
"You can teleport now?!"
"You realize moving at C looks identical to instantly teleporting tooo, basically anyone, right?"
"Yep." Left Light gave a little wave. "But I'm not stealing Emma's thunder, there's just one of me still."
One of Amory's ears tilted down. "You're..a lot more comfortable with this than I thought. With your tone of voice back when you were talking about the woman doing, uh, that, I thought..."
"Now look," Amory leaned over the couch and briefly poked Light's nose (apparently still knowing where it was through the illusion), "If you go out there and you don't find anything to kill before lunchtime then you'd better get food from someone—like Ning or the Quinns or whatever. Or grab your wallet and buy it as an anonymous human girl if you must.. Your normal powers wear out faster if you aren't getting energy back from actually eating, and that leads to that 'sleep five extra hours' state. Not just absorbing sunlight—you're not a plant!"
"Oh, um. I didn't?" Amory looked briefly confused. "It seems like I just 'know' some things about how the powers in general work. And that's one of them: You get this like 'worn out' state from using your powers a lot. Lemme think, what else do I 'know'.." She closed her eyes. "Different people have different stamina levels and each power comes with its own way of temporarily replenishing that stamina. Elements like light and electricity, it's usually just 'absorb the element' somehow or other. I guess Clark's is 'healing people' and if I had to guess it looks like Rory gains from 'violence', like beating something or someone up. She's never shown any signs of wearing out anyway, though; her base stamina is probably through the roof to begin with."
"You're right..." she nodded. "I think the knowledge is part of my 'powers' specifically so I'll have to do it like this, too."
"I won't forget," she said. "You're not worried I'll get attacked?"
"No. For one thing, the 'competition' is over so there's no more reason to target me than any other fox girl. And even then, I'm absolutely confident that even if I am, this form will protect me." Absolute confidence; that was something that came from the powers. Maybe they didn't trust the one who had given them, but so far that 'confidence' only came right along with demonstrable powers that worked exactly the way the confidence said they should. On the balance...the risk wasn't too high, at least.
"Clark." She turned the screen to face him. "They are writing slash fiction of us. Like, in general but also the bunch in this town specifically."
"Is it any good?" He leaned forward and squinted enough to see just the title, and then drew back like a snake had bit his nose.
"You didn't say that—"
"I hate when you're right and it's not fun!" she corrected. "So now that the Vee Aye has issued best practices for what to do if a giant monster attacks, they're reopening next Monday."
"They've never appeared inside of a building. Not once."
"Never?" She said in disbelief. "Really?"
"It doesn't seem like they can. Maybe that 'blowing in on the wind' thing requires outdoor wind, and I guess windows aren't enough. I don't think they've even appeared under an outdoor roof."
"So we could stop them by building a big sunshield that 'roofs' the whole world, right?"
"We could..kill ourselves that way. And where would the materials for that even come from?"
I feel a certain responsibility at this point to emphasize that Light's new "tricks" are not necessarily applying more of the preexisting powers to real physics, like obviously a photon's probability isn't spread across precisely 3 discrete places. It'd be more accurate to describe them as new powers loosely based on some concepts from the known physics of light.