Quietly he laughs and shaking his head
Creeps closer now
Closer to the foot of the bed
And softer than shadow and quicker than flies
His arms are all around me and his tongue in my eyes
Xavier was worried. Hed sent out two of his finest over three
hours ago, and had had no word from them yet. Logan and Rogue worked
together efficiently and more often than not were off on a mission and back
home before dinner. He had chosen them to go after what appeared to be a
missing child fully expecting them to retrieve him and be back. A quick
scan of Cerebro had shown that the child was nowhere to be found. Charles
knew that it could mean that the boy was unconscious and hastily set his
X-Men off to the location he had been given.
Unbeknownst to him, the boy had indeed been unconscious, but had
only been in danger of falling off the top bunk bed. His arm hurt when he
woke up and he rubbed it, surprised to see a small yellow bruise. Jamie
hopped off his bed and went in search of Dr. Grey. He needed a teacher to
take him down to the medical lab and he knew that Professor Xaviers office
was close by.
Come in the cultured accent, said when he heard the soft knock
on the door.
Ah Jamie. Good to see you back here safe and sound. Where
are Logan and Rogue, do you know?
The boy looked puzzled. No sir. I havent seen them since
last Friday, when I had class with Miss Rogue.
Where have you been all day? Charles asked carefully.
Well sir, I have been asleep. I know its late, Im sorry. He
said, realizing he was probably going to get into trouble.
No need to apologize, but I must know, did anything unusual
happen last night?
No sir. But when I woke up the door window was open, and there
was this on my arm he said pushing the shirt up above his elbow so Charles
could see the bruise.
It looks like it did when Dr. Grey did those tests on my
I see. Thank you Jamie. Now if youll excuse me, I have
something urgent that needs attending too. The Professor said, trying to
mask his panic from his young charge.
(Jean, Storm, Scott meet me in the lower levels immediately) Charles called
them with his mind.
A few minutes later the four were assembled near the place where the X-Jet
lay. Im afraid Rogue and Logan have been abducted. I need you to
retrieve them. Exercise extreme caution. I will explain how this came
about as soon as you come back, but I fear that the time is pressing.
His team nodded and changed into their uniforms and departed to save their
"Be still be calm be quiet now my precious boy
Don't struggle like that or I will only love you more
For it's much too late to get away or turn on the light
The spiderman is having you for dinner tonight"
What the hell? Logan called out.
Profanity doesnt become you Wolverine, the man hissed.
Who the hell are you?
Lets just say Im not a fan. he cackled madly.
Logan and Rogue struggled to look at one another but they found
themselves bound tightly by the web-like material. It was thin as gossamer,
but strong as rope. The creatures drug them further and further into
darkness. The farther into the cave they went, the colder it grew until
they were hauled into a place where sunlight had never been. The two
superheros had no idea what had them constrained so, but it certainly
couldnt be natural. Logan couldnt break it, and even Rogue with
superhuman strength was defenceless against it.
A soft scuffling on the ground gave Logan the impression that
whatever was holding them captive wasnt human. No human covered as much
ground as they had in such a short time. Soon enough they found themselves
coming to a stop. A strange clicking sound was heard before Logan felt
himself being pulled into an upright position, seconds later he felt rather
than saw Marie next too him. Everything was quiet for about ten minutes
before that slightly maniacal laugh was heard again.
What are you laughing at? Rogue asked.
Nothing, sweetbuns! Just you made it so easy! he said,
giggling like a loon.
Made what easy?
Oh I cant tell you that. No, no dearie. The games not even
begun, and I dont want you knowing my secret yet. the creepy, disjointed
Youre fuckin nuts. Logan said rather bravely considering
Youre not one to judge thief! the creature said, coming close
enough for spittle to hit Logan in the face.
Thief? Marie questioned.
Yes, yes sweetbuns! He is a thief.
Their captor dashed off into the cave laughing
softly to himself. When Logan could no longer hear him, he began struggling
against the bonds desperate to free himself. It was futile he was bound in
the white web like material with no hope of escape. Logan what the hell is
that thing? Can you see it at all? Rogue asked quietly.
No. Its to dark in here for me to see anything. All I know
is it has more than two legs and smells somethin fierce.
There wasnt any more time for them to discuss exactly what this
thing was before it appeared in front of them again. They heard what was
unmistakably a match, and saw a flicker of light. A series of candles was
lit by the creature and eventually there was enough light to see what was in
front of them. They immediately wished that it had kept them in the dark.
The creature before them was hideous. Logan had been right about it having
extra limbs. The creature had what appeared to be two normal legs as a
human would, but where the stomach was two shorter legs grew downwards and
touched the ground when it hunched over.
In addition, it had an extra set of arms growing out of where
the pectoral muscles would be on the average human. The contorted body
seemed to be covered in either a black or brown fur of sorts and was adorned
in badly torn clothing. The head was normal sized, but had an extra set of
eyes in the middle of its forehead and when it turned around to light even
more candles, they saw an additional pair in the back of the mans head.
His face was pale, with wide black circles around the eyes and the fang.
The mouth had what appeared to be mostly human teeth and a set of dangerous
looking fangs leaked out of its mouth.
You like what you see dont you? he asked, his eyes
glittering towards Marie.
Its, um different. Marie said carefully, not wishing to
incite anger in the strange being before her.
Ya look like you were beat by about 100 ugly sticks Logan
said, clearly amused.
I can give you the same look, Logan, the spidery creature
That immediately quelled Logans soft chuckles. He wasnt by
any means a pretty boy, but that didnt mean he wanted a few extra sets of
You were a human once. What happened to you? Rogue asked,
trying hard to keep the revulsion she felt out of her voice.
I have been distorted by love. I loved a lady once, and she
wasnt faithful to me in mind and body. He said, the bitterness of his
confession fresh in his mind.
She wanted something that I couldnt be, and so I was driven to
this. I tried to change for her, and it went wrong. But its okay because
I have her now.
He studied the face of the young woman for a moment before he
set his eyes to a cold, disapproving glare.
Whats the matter Rogue? Dont you recognize me? he asked in
a voice that was now barely an echo of what it had once been.
Confusion fogged her mind before the terrible truth gripped her
in an icy vice. Ra-raymnod?
Annette: We need to talk about Michael
Jackie: Fine. I'll use really small words so you'll be sure to understand
Annette: That won't be good enough!
-'That 70's Show'
Autumn's Penguin Emprium
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