Wow your guys' stories all sound so neat. I have two main stories that I'm currently "writing."
My first one takes place in a fantasy world called Toltova that is sort of based the Victorian era. Basically, in this world, some people have powers and some don't (nobody really knows why this is, but many of the characters have their theories). 200 years before the story begins (I may change this number later) there was a lot of hatred towards those who had powers and a group called the Patrol formed that was dedicated to eradicating those with powers. There were witch hunts, innocent people dying and it basically it was a mess until a new king came into power and decided to make the kingdom safe for everyone again.
So anyways, fast forward 200 (more or less) years later, people are still sort of feeling the effects of these witch hunts that had occurred. There's still a lot of bigotry towards people with powers and there are rumours that the Patrol has formed again. So that's where the story starts. There's four main characters, they all have different powers, and come from different backgrounds (Crispin is the son of a pirate captain, he can fly; Reid is the heir to the throne, he has telekinesis; Spencer and Eva are orphans who do whatever they can to get by, Spencer is pyrokinetic, Eva can read minds). Basically, to keep this short, there's three parts to this story. In part one, the four characters are forced from their homes after other people find out about their powers, which puts them in danger. It eventually comes to their attention that there's a safe haven for those with powers, and part one is about the journey there.
Part two takes place two months after the character's have arrived. Basically, this part deals with one character being sent in to spy on the Patrol (It's revealed early on in part one that they have in fact reformed), while the remaining the characters back at home are trying to figure out some strange events that they believe are linked to the Patrol.
Part three is still super under construction, but in a nutshell Reid's father is murdered but since Reid has been absent for a while the throne goes to his uncle who is in league with the Patrol. So part 3 pretty much deals with the characters taking down the Patrol and Reid taking back the throne.
Anyways, my second story is super under construction still (I kinda rushed into starting it, so there's currently some gaping plot holes, but I'm working on them).
Basically, this one is a more of a sci-fi and it takes place in modern day Vancouver, Canada. The main character is an 17 year old boy named Dallas. He's kinda dumb and awkward and has no idea what he wants to do with his life. However, the story starts when he discovers that he has telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Later that day, he's contacted telepathically by a man named Ara who claims that 1. he has similar powers, 2. He knows a few other people with these powers, and 3. He's trying to figure out why they have them.
Dallas eventually meets up with Ara, and another guy named Andor who has been working with Ara to come up with theories as to why they have these abilities. Shortly after this meeting happens, the group starts getting blackmailed. This is sort of where I started running into problems, because the blackmailers don't have much of a motive.
Right now, what I'm going with is that the gang was part of an experiment carried out by two separate companies. The companies were originally one giant company, but then split up after the founders had some kind of falling out. Basically, the experiment was what gave them their powers but when neither company saw immediate results they were deemed a failure and the subjects were sent off to live normal lives. When they realize that the experiments were actually successful, they try to lure the characters back to them via blackmail so that they can continue the experiments.
Sorry for the giant walls of text. I don't get to talk about my stories as often as I would like.