Title: Personal Demons
Author: Jocelyn (jdog985@...
Feedback: Please! This is my first serious fic.
Summary: Cyclops is imprisoned and tortured by an anti-mutant group.
Characters: All the main characters, Gambit, and a few originals
(Nadine, Charlotte, Andy, Allen) just to add to the student body
Rating: PG-13 for violence
Disclaimer: The X-men don't belong to me; they belong to Brian
Singer and Marvel Comics. I'm not making any money off this fic,
kindly don't sue me!
* Denotes unspoken thought by characters
Jean Grey had been concentrating hard below the stairs on
telepathically listening in on the conversation going on between the
girls and the intruders. When Kitty decided to turn the first floor
into the O.K. Corral, she figured that was a good time to get in the
game. "Now!" she yelled at the other X-men just before Kitty
They charged up the stairs, battered, bruised, strained, and above
all, furious. Jean's telepathic snooping had finally let her
discover just who Elaine Hull was. Hull and her henchmen were being
kept busy by Kitty's attack from the front, and they couldn't
fast enough to another assault from behind. Logan clawed two guards
before they even realized there was someone behind them. Struck from
too many directions, Hull's accomplices fled.
Storm, sizzling with lightning and rage, blasted out the windows on
either end of the hallway and turned it into a wind tunnel, throwing
everyone off balance. Unfortunately, Hull reacted fast. Kitty had
hesitated in surprise when the X-men came tearing into view, and that
was all the good doctor needed. Grabbing the girl by the hair, she
yanked her through the door and held her own gun under Kitty's
Everyone froze. Kitty's gun clattered to the floor, out of
Logan instinctively started forward, but Elaine pushed the gun harder
against Kitty's neck, "I'll kill her!" Cursing
retreated and Storm's wind died. Kitty squeezed her eyes shut.
"Open every door! Tell your kids to open up," Hull ordered.
*Everyone, open your doors,* Jean ordered helplessly. Slowly, doors
opened and gasps rang out up and down the hall when the students saw
the attacker and her hostage.
Elaine moved to the center of the hallway, never taking her eyes off
Jean, "Now, let's just wait for my reinforcements to arrive.
I'll take the gun away, and she'll be fine."
"Bitch!" Remy snarled.
Elaine turned condescendingly toward him, "Really, young man!
language!" In her ego trip, she didn't realize that Gambit
been creating masking noise so Cyclops could pull himself up.
"You're really sick if you get your kicks by kidnapping
added, covering the sound of Scott fumbling blindly on the floor for
his visor. Jean, seeing it lying where one of the guards had dropped
it, carefully slid it toward his hand. He found it and pulled
himself up, maneuvering for a shot. He motioned frantically for the
boys to keep Hull talking.
He got a better distraction than he had expected, "It's been
time, Elaine," said someone's voice from down the hall. Out
end room came Professor Xavier.
"Oh dear, it looks like I missed," Elaine said. "So
but your special talent would have made my plan impossible."
Charles looked at her sadly, "I knew you wanted revenge, but I
imagined you'd lower yourself to tormenting innocent children
"What better way to destroy you than force you to live through
slow death of each one of your proteges?" Elaine sneered, her
affected cordiality gone. "That is your weakness. Your telepathy
lets you know what's happening, but all you can do is watch and
it all!" She jerked Kitty to one side so she could shout directly
Charles, and that was the shot Cyclops had been waiting for.
An amazingly thin beam of red energy shot from his visor and blew the
gun out of Elaine's hand before she had a chance to pull the
trigger. Kitty had been forewarned by Professor Xavier and threw
herself into the nearest door as soon as the gun's pressure left
chin. Bobby and John grabbed her, yanked her inside, and slammed the
door shut. All the other doors slammed shut at the same time, on
Xavier's orders. Elaine spun around and found herself facing the
once-again-visored Scott Summers. She backed up a few steps,
to take your revenge and kill me now?"
Standing there, favoring his injured leg, his face under the visor
was expressionless, "Don't tempt me. If you'd hurt any
kids, I wouldn't have thought twice about blowing your head off.
I won't sink to your level."
"This one's practically a clone of you, Charles!" she
called over her
shoulder with a smile.
"Scott!" Xavier shouted a warning but it was too late.
the trigger control in her pocket, and every pain receptor in
body went off at once. Screaming, he fell to the floor, writhing in
Logan lunged forward to grab the control from Hull's hand, but
arm caught him, "She can kill him with one switch!"
Elaine knew the X-men would kill her to stop what she was doing to
Summers, but she intended to take Charles' surrogate son with
Crazed with pain, he couldn't use his visor or rip away the
remote-activated contact point stuck to the back of his neck. She
laughed as she heard the kids inside the dorm rooms screaming too;
this little nightmare would tear Charles' school apart.
Then, without warning, Scott's hand reached the visor control,
fired a shot that blasted Elaine straight into the wall, knocking the
trigger from her hand. Her last thought as she was thrown backwards
by tons of force was, *There's no way he should have been able to
Xavier doubled over in his chair, trembling slightly. To control
Scott's actions, he had had to fight his way through the cyclone
agony in Scott's mind to move his arm. He felt Ororo touching
shoulders, "Are you all right?" She examined the bloody mark
left shoulder where Elaine's bullet had grazed him.
"I'll be fine. Jean?" Charles prayed that Elaine's
cost them Scott's life.
Jean was kneeling beside her fiancé's limp body, checking his
"He's alive," she said tightly, and glanced over to where
bent over Elaine.
Logan straightened. "She's dead. Her neck snapped," he
Storm, cradling her fractured shoulder, replied coldly,
"What about her cohorts?" Logan asked, "I know you chased
`em off for
now, but they might come back."
Charles shook his head grimly, "I made sure they won't
Elaine or anything else involved with us. By the time they wonder
what they're doing driving around in Canada, they'll have no
where they're going or where they came from."
"Poetic," Logan murmured, then motioned to Elaine Hull's
you want me to take care of this?"
"It would be best before the children are allowed to come
***Coming Soon: Part VIII***