X-Book 1: New Allies New Enemies - Chapter 5 - Small Jumps, Big Steps
Summary: (See Book 1: Prologue)
Disclaimer: I own nothing associated with characters from the Marvel
universe or any previously published work.
Author's note: Thank you Tarren for the kudos. I appreciate any
feedback anyone has to ofter! I'm trying to stay true to the
characters from the movies (relationships, frame of mind, as close
as I can be, just wait for the Brotherhood in Book 2!) This is also
a crossover story, so OCs are mostly characters from other movies,
books, etc. I'm just throwing them together with the X-Men
characters to see what happens. :-)
"See now that wasn't so bad, was it?" Kurt Wagner asked
the child beside him with a grin.
Artie grumbled unhappily, massaging one side of his jaw with his
hand. Dr. McCoy had found a cavity in one of Artie's molars and
it had been a small fight to get him to sit still while it was
filled. Luckily, the doctor had not seemed too put off by the
boy's reaction, or the fact that Artie's tongue was forked
and each of his teeth were a little sharper than normal.
They were walking down one of the long white and silver hallways
that ran beneath Xavier's school. Students were not generally
permitted in the lower levels, and most jumped at the chance of
seeing the `top secret' labs. However, dental check-up day
was the one time they tried to avoid being escorted to the lower
In recent months, Kurt had earned this duty, especially with the
younger children. When he had first arrived at the mansion, the
students whom he had rescued with Storm at Alkalai Lake had spread
stories around the school about his abilities, and how he had
teleported them out of their cell. The fact that he had once
performed in the circus also added to their curiosity and he had
frequently spotted the children watching him closely.
At first, many of them had been a little nervous because of his
strange blue skin and long tail, but anyone who spoke with Kurt
quickly warmed up to him. His soft-spoken and patient demeanor
stood in stark contrast to his almost `demon-like' exterior.
Listening to his many stories about his life in Munich soon became
the favorite pre-bedtime activity of the younger students. He told
tales like a practiced performer, accenting his stories with
exaggerated acrobatics and building suspense with his voice.
A conversation with him could also be quite mesmerizing, and the
children had formed a quiet respect in regards to the blue mutant.
It became quickly obvious that he had a knack at working with
children who were belligerent or withdrawn. He had been born with
his mutation and most children with obvious physical differences
worked more willingly with someone whom they felt could identify
with their struggles.
Artie glanced up at Kurt with a frown.
"Do I have to come back again next week?" he asked unhappily.
Kurt smiled sympathetically, "Yes, I'm afraid so. Dr. McCoy
just wants to check up on that cavity. He promised no more fillings
as long as you brush your teeth more often."
Artie grumbled again, and paused as they approached the elevator.
He suddenly gave Kurt a wicked grin.
"Let's teleport up instead!" he said enthusiastically.
"You promise me you won't give Ms. Monroe any more problems
when you go to see the doctor, yes?" Kurt asked, trying to look
Artie nodded and grinned widely. Kurt placed his hands on the
"Ready?" he asked.
"Ready!" Artie replied happily. Kurt closed his eyes to
focus, but continued to grin with amusement. Not many of the
children liked the idea of teleporting, but Kurt could not help but
indulge the ones who asked to try.
* BAMPF *
In less than a heartbeat, Kurt and Artie found themselves standing
in another hall, one story up from where they had been. Kurt kept
his hands on Artie's shoulders, as the boy stumbled a little from
the unusual `jump.'
Artie laughed, "Cool! See you later, Kurt!"
Kurt waved to the boy as he ran off, and then greeted several other
students who had been surprised by the sudden new arrivals.
"Showing off again?" a voice called to him.
Kurt turned and noticed Storm heading towards him from down the
hall. She had an amused smiled on her face, and an armload of
textbooks. Kurt politely relieved her of some of them and she
thanked him appreciatively.
"I suppose," he replied, and then added with a shrug,
"Once a performer, always a performer, I guess."
Kurt grinned sheepishly, secretly thanking God for his blue skin as
he felt the heat rising in his face, as he maneuvered the books onto
a nearby cart.
Storm nodded and smiled, "I'm heading down to the Danger
Room. Bobby will be demonstrating its uses to Dr. McCoy and a few
others. Are you going?"
Kurt nodded, "I would like to. I have only seen this Danger Room
once, and never when it was being used for training. Bobby seemed
to be looking forward to `showing off' himself."
Storm chuckled, "Let's hope he does more than put on a good
She reached over the pushed the down button on the elevator and
glanced at her watch with annoyance.
"I was hoping Mr. LeBeau would be coming also," Storm said,
"He seemed interested in...oh, there he is."
Kurt turned and saw Gambit strolling up towards them. His hands
were inside the pockets of his long overcoat, and he glanced around
the hall with vague interest as he walked. He seemed to be in a
much better mood than earlier, and Storm assumed his hangover must
Gambit nodded politely to Kurt and then grinned broadly at Storm.
"Hope is a wonderful thing, ma chere," he said and then added
with a wink, "For you hoped, and here I am..."
Storm's expression remained friendly and even, though it did not
escape her attention that he had somehow heard their conversation
before he entered the hall. She knew he had been involved with some
unsavory individuals in the past, and his ability to see and hear
things around him without being seen himself was a learned talent.
"I'm glad you decided to join us," she said, and the
elevator chimed open, "Shall we?"
Gambit hesitated a moment before following Storm and Kurt through
the doors. For some reason, he felt as if this was the final step
away from his old life. Then, he thought of his new powers, and how
destructive he knew those powers could be, and decided to continue
forward, despite whatever this new life would bring.