Disclaimer in Part One
Whew! This thing is getting long! It's already clocked to 30 pages on
MicWord, and I've only written five chapters so far....
Its 4:30 AM on a Tuesday
It doesnt get much worse than this
In beds in little rooms in buildings in the middle
of these lives which are completely meaningless
The progression of Eriks disease was swift. Hed been strong
enough to walk back from the lake to the cabin with Maries support, but had
immediately collapsed onto the bed and fell asleep. Marie had refused to
leave him; she knew in her heart that her last hours with her father were
arriving. She felt so guilty for everything that had happened between the
two of them in the past 48 hours, and repeatedly apologized.
Erik had been too tired to answer but she knew hed forgiven her.
He still felt that it was he that needed forgiveness in her eyes, but couldn
t burden her with it. He knew shed be all right with Scott, Kitty and
Jubilee, but shed grieved hard for her mother, and he suspected it would be
the same with his passing.
Marie left his cabin, badly in need of a thought-clearing walk. To
her surprise she saw Logan outside of his cabin. I dont remember who I
am. He began slowly, continuing the conversation that had been hinted at
in the truck.
I dont know if Im from Canada, I dont know if my real names
Logan, I dont know shit. He stated.
Maries thoughts were distracted to the stranger in front of her.
Im sorry. Was it a lab?
Shed heard of such places that used mutants for experimentation,
torture and other sadistic pleasures of man in the mutant hating world.
I dont know that either. He stated with a hint of resignation.
How did you get to Canada? You were walking along the road like
you knew where you were going.
I had a voice in my head telling me to head out this way. A womans
voice, and red hair. Thats all I remember. I dont even know if she was a
real person or if Im just crazy. Logan said, his face twisted in a
Whoever she was, shes special enough to remember. Marie tried to
I guess Logan shrugged noncommittally.
So, what happened here? When did the world go to hell exactly?
Marie looked up at him startled. Youve been out of the world for a
long time, she began. The world, as you had known it ended five years
ago. The Legacy virus was designed to kill mutants, and it decimated us,
but the virus mutated and started killing humans as well. World war three
broke out at about the same time and nuclear weapons, biological weapons
everything was used. Dad took Scott, Jubilee, Kitty, Victor-and I down into
an underground bunker and we stayed there for five years.
It doesnt matter. Hed dead. Marie began pacing nervously.
You think it was your fault. Logan said roughly.
It was. I killed him. I had Legacy and my dad, he thought he was
helping and because of my mutation he knew that Victors power could save
me. She let out in one breath.
If it saved your life, it wasnt wrong Marie. I really think that.
The sincerity in his eyes gave her pause; it was something her dad would
Part of me is glad he didnt do it, but Logan, somebody died because
of me. I dont know how to deal with that. Is your cabin comfortable?
Yeah it is. Real comfortable. Thanks. For bringing me here.
Youre welcome. Im ah, gonna go for a walk, you want to come?
They set off hand in hand and walked a path that led around Lake
McDonald. It was a lot more peaceful than the scene over at the Summers
house. Erik had informed Scott that Victor was no longer with them and that
hed come down with the virus. Much as hed wanted to say his goodbyes to
all three of the Summers and Kitty, it was simply too risky of one of them
catching the disease.
It had fallen upon Scott to have the unpleasant task of informing his
son that Uncle Erik was leaving them. Andrew, come over here for a
You remember when you went shopping with your Aunt Kitty and Aunt
Well, then you remember the prayers that you said for the people in
Can you say a prayer for Uncle Erik?
The little boys blue eyes conveyed his shock, and his lip began to
tremble. But, hes fine dad. He doesnt need praying.
Hes very sick Andrew. Like Maries mother was. Scott tried to
break it gently.
But she died. The little boy whispered.
Thats right. Scott nodded slowly.
I dont want Uncle Erik to die! Andrew began crying.
Neither do I son, neither do I. Scott confessed as he held his son.
Howd he take it? Jubilee asked her husband later that night.
Not good Jubes. He really loves the old man.
So do you, I can see it.
Nah, its just your hormones, you think they make you clairvoyant.
Never mess with a pregnant womans emotions Mr. Summers. Or you may
never get another chance to get her that way the firecracker retorted.
Well in that case, Ill just lay here quietly. Wouldnt want to be
the cause of a lack of brothers and sisters for Andrew and the baby.
Kitty popped her head into the couples bedroom. Shed been staying
over with the Summers in case Jubilee went into labor early. As they had no
medical equipment with them, it was rather touch and go as to exactly when
Jubilee was due. Andrew had been born two weeks before his estimated due
date, so the second time around they had decided to play it safe.
Stubborn. He sent me away from his room, but I think hed like some
company, just not mine. Hes mad at me.
Doesnt quite get the dont kill the messenger thing yet huh?
Something like that. Jubilee answered rubbing Scotts arm lightly.
Kitty nodded and went upstairs to try and comfort the distraught five
Dad? Marie asked in a whisper.
How is it? Marie asked tensely.
Im not in pain Marie. Well, not an intolerable amount.
I just cant believe this is happening.
I had my time. You on the other hand are still young, and I expect
you to be a leader here.
I cant fill your shoes dad.
I know that. Theyre three sizes too big. He answered dryly.
I dont want you to go dad.
I dont want to either baby, but its my time.
You cheated death for me. Its not fair that I cant fix this.
Marie, I did what I had to do because I love you. But I ask you not
to even think about the same thing because you love me.
Alright. Ill try.
Its all I ask. He said and raised her gloved hand to his lips to
Hours later Marie awoke to feel a stiff grasp on her arm. Dad?
She knew it was no use calling for him. He was gone.
Logan had spoken briefly to Erik the night before and had readily
agreed to help Marie get through her grief. Hed held back the private
details out of respect for Marie, but made it clear enough that Logan
understood she had lost somebody she had loved immensely to the virus
already. Erik had extracted the promise from Logan to take care of his
little girl relatively easily, which had puzzled Logan until Erik told him
he was a good judge of character.
The vote of confidence was something unexpected, but not
unwelcome. Hed taken a liking to the young woman in the short amount of
time that hed been acquainted with her, and hed trusted her enough to tell
her about his identity crisis. His gut told him to trust her, and it had
never led him wrong before. Hed been careful watch Marie all day, he
guessed that her father had passed away sometime in the night, and shed
spent the day making preparations for his funeral.
Logan had been surprised and puzzled to see her dig a trench
around the small cabin, and haul lake water to surround the area outside of
the trench but he held his comments. He figured it would be explained soon
enough. She emerged from the house at sunset with an empty red container
and smelling strongly of gasoline. She struck a match and watched it catch
flame immediately to the cabin.
She walked back and stood where Logan was. They watched in
silence as a roaring fireball engulfed the structure. He liked fire. She
said, her voice rusty with disuse.
And it contains the virus.
Her face was void of any emotion and her voice was dull. On
impulse Logan swung his arm around Marie and they watched the flames lick
the cabin and disappear into the night sky.
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'
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