Everything in the universe is connected to everything else by an infinite number of links. These links, created whenever two objects interact in any way, cant been seen, touched, or felt. Most people dont know that they exist. But an unknown number of ordinary people, called naturals, have the innate ability to use them to give themselves extraordinary powers.
This philosophy is what drives the small team based at the Rock. Laine, an energetic and outspoken girl with super strength and the ability to teleport, and Simon, a reserved empath with a deadpan expression, were made aware of their natural status by two ambitious young adults called Charlotte and Ian. Along with Dylan, an eccentric college student, and Elliott, a Charlottes young nephew, they form the beginnings of an international secret organization for naturals from around the world.
But their plans are threatened by Pierce, a figure from Charlotte and Ians past with inexplicable motives. Simon and Laine must stop his schemes, travel the world performing their duties for the Rock, and try to live out their normal teenage lives at the same timediscovering the magic in the world while struggling with the technicalities of having secret powers.
Linked Together provides examples of the following tropes:
- Ambiguously Gay: Averted. Dylan is quite open about his sexuality. His boyfriend is even a semi-important character.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: The source of 99% of Simon's issues.
- Big Brother Mentor: Dylan acts rather like this towards Simon. To Laine, he's more like a partner in crime.
- Berserker Tears: Happens to Laine at the story's climax.
- Blessed With Suck: Simon work hard to avert this trope - though his abilities do suck quite often, he doesn't want anybody to think he's complaining.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Laine. Whenever she has to lie, she stumbles over words and blushes. Simon, on the other hand, is a master liar, probably because his usually expression is so ambiguous anyways.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Simon's got a bit of an odd way of looking at and reacting to the world.
- Determinator: Laine. So much so that it's her Fatal Flaw.
- Everybody Lives: Most everyone ends up emotionally screwed over in some way or another - but hey, no death!
- Fatal Flaw: Both Simon and Laine have these, and must recognize them before they can beat Pierce.
- Five-Token Band: (Hopefully) justified. The main characters are all insanely diverse - but then, they're brought together from all over the place by their one common attribute of being naturals. It's not like they randomly happen to be living in the same area.
- To elaborate on this: Laine is a Vietnamese American, a female, and has very mixed-up family that includes divorces, remarriages, and adoptions. Simon is Canadian and half-Chinese, half-Quebecois. Dylan is Australian and gay. As the story goes on, more characters from different backgrounds become important, and on it goes.
- Freak Out: Simon, when his repression issues become too much for him to handle, and Laine, when her unwillingness to give up almost costs several of her friends their lives. Both are huge character development moments.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: This is bound to happen. The story will take place all over the globe, and the author is a linguaphile. Do the math.
- Happy Place: Simon's is a tree in Vermont. Go figure.
- Heroic BSoD: Simon has two; a sort of pre-BSOD after being essentially tortured with emotion by Pierce, and then a much bigger one afterwards that, once it's over, helps him get better.
- Heroic RRoD: If Laine overexerts herself, this is the result. Absorbing link energy allows her to do superhuman things... but sometimes her still-human body just isn't up for it.
- Hot-Blooded: Laine.
- In-Universe Catharsis: Simon's biggest incidence of Character Devlopment occurs when he finally faces the deep emotions he's been repressing for his entire life and goes through catharsis.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: One of the reasons why this series will probably take years and years for me to get right.
- Magic by Any Other Name: Links are essentially this.
- Multicolored Hair: Dylan's hair is normally brown, but he's always got at least part of it dyed some wild color.
- Open-Minded Parent: Laine's mom generally trusts her kids to make their own decisions. She often says that she's just there for support.
- Power Incontinence: If someone around Simon is feeling a particularly strong emotion, he automatically absorbs it. If he's around an object with links to a tragic event, he'll experience memories relating to it. Needless to say, this kind of sucks for him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Laine would be red, and Simon would be blue.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Simon and Laine, again. Could also apply to Charlotte and Ian, though Charlotte is more bossy than energetic.
- Shipper on Deck: Laine's sister Ellen loves nothing more than to subtly hint at Laine and Simon being together.
- Ship Tease: Since Simon and Laine spend the majority of the story together, and because they grow closer to each other than to anyone else, there will undoubtedly be boatloads of this. However, they're not dating. (Whether or not they do at the end, I would leave for the audience to decide if/when this were published.)
- Stepford Smiler: Simon is determined not to let the things he absorbs affect him personally. (He has a very deep, screwed up reason full of repression and denial for this.) While he has no problem letting out what he considers absorbed emotion, any emotion that's his personally has got to be stamped out. Of course, he can't really do that, meaning that under his deadpan exterior, he's barely keeping himself together.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Simon, of the 'always in control' variety.
- The Empath: Simon.
- The Stoic: Simon, with his own emotions at least. Not so much with those he absorbs from others. This is actually his Fatal Flaw.
- Tomboy: Laine isn't exactly a proper lady.
- Unreliable Narrator: Both Laine and Simon narrate in first person. And they both use this trope.
- Unstoppable Rage: Happens to Laine quite often, but most importantly at the story's climax, when she actually uses her rage to stop a fight.