Title: Different From All Other Nights
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Fandom: X-Men Movieverse (first movie), in the
broadest sense. A lot has happened since the movie and
this story primarily concerns characters who don�t
appear in the movie at all.
Pairing: Jean-Paul �Northstar� Beaubier/OMC
Rating: NC/17 for explicit descriptions of sexual
Background: This is a story I meant to write a couple
of years ago. Better late than never. It�s a Pesach
(Passover) story, and I�m publishing it in time for
Pesach this year.
In my X1 fiction, I introduce a few of the Alpha
Flight characters in the context of a joint
X-Men/Alpha Flight project to build a mutant outpost
in rural Saskatchewan. Northstar, Marvel�s first
openly gay character, is a favorite of mine and shows
up in a lot of my series, beginning in �Canadian
when his decision to come out of the closet at Alpha
Flight is contrasted with Cyclops remaining closeted
among the X-Men.
Jean-Paul met and fell in love with an investigative
reporter named Adam Greenfield in my series �Foreign
Adam was covering the mutant cleansing in the Republic
of Belarus and Jean-Paul was involved in a mutant
rescue operation there. They are portrayed as having
a long distance relationship in subsequent stories.
In a series called �Safe House�
Adam invites Jean-Paul to come to New York for Pesach
(Passover) to meet Adam�s family. This story now
tells what happens when Jean-Paul takes him up on the
invitation. So, for readers of my previous fiction,
this one fits in shortly after the events in �Safe
House� and �Commencement� and just before the events
portrayed in �Chips Cashed In.�
Much of the action takes place during the celebration
of Passover at Adam�s mother�s apartment. Here are a
few words that may be unfamiliar to non-Jewish
Pesach (pronounced �pay sach� with the guttural ch as
in the Scottish word �loch�): the Hebrew word for
Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom. It
commemorates the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
According to the biblical story, the Jews were slaves
in Egypt and were rescued by G-d, with Moses as G-d�s
Seder: the major event of the Pesach holiday is a
ritual meal called the seder (rhymes with Ralph
Nader). The Pesach story is told, and a variety of
rituals are performed. In many households parallels
are drawn between the Exodus and other incidents of
slavery and other ways in which people have been � and
still are � deprived of basic human rights. �Seder�
means order, and the rituals are performed in a
Hagaddah: the book of ritual that is read at the
seder. Many different versions exist, but the basic
story and order is consistent throughout.
Seder Plate: In the center of the seder table is the
seder plate, with specific ritual foods on it. In
some households, an orange is added to the seder
plate, to represent inclusion of often marginalized
members of the Jewish community.
Matzo: On Pesach, Jews eat matzo � unleavened bread
that represents the bread baked by the escaping slaves
in Egypt. They had to leave so quickly that they
could not wait for the bread to rise.
Afikomen: The seder ends with the sharing of a
particular piece of matzo, called the afikomen. In
many households (and the Greenfield house is one of
them) it�s traditional for the children at the table
to sneak the afikomen away, early in the seder, and
hide it. The adults pretend not to notice this is
happening and then the kids ransom the afikomen back
to the adults at the end, so that the seder can be
concluded. The idea behind this custom is that it
keeps the children interested during the long seder.
Additional Information: It has been my practice to
publish literature guides to go with my stories,
providing more information and hyperlinks for poetry,
plays and other literature referenced in the fiction.
As this is a one-shot, it�s probably not necessary,
but a few notes are in order.
The title of the story is a quote from the hagaddah,
and pieces of the hagaddah are interspersed throughout
the description of the seder. Plenty of information
about Passover in general and the haggadah in
particular can be found at
Adam�s mother performs the ritual of Miriam�s Cup and
honors Hannah Arendt in doing so. The best source of
information on Miriam�s Cup is
A good page on Arendt is
in the Jewish Virtual Library:
The Blake poem Adam quotes is a favorite of mine and
shows up in a few of my stories. It can be found at
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Mara and SW for beta
reading and to Nancy the Web Goddess for posting to my
website. Any mistakes are mine alone.
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