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Sparrow's Fall: Chapter 6
It's hard to let go
To all that we know
As I walk away from you
Hurled from my home
Into the unknown
As I walk away from you.
- Crowded House "I Walk Away"
It was raining and for some reason she wanted to
laugh. It seemed such a clich�d weather pattern to be
leaving on, dramatic, really. She wondered if perhaps
she shouldn't be flouncing, rather then just walking
quietly to the car while Jonothon struggled with one
of the heavier bags behind her.
She might have suspected Storm of a rather vicious
sense of humour, if she'd been in the area. But as far
as Jubilee knew, she was still in Westchester.
Jono was pointedly not asking her what had happened.
She could feel his not-asking like a physical
pressure. Well, he could continue not asking and she
would continue not telling, it wasn't worth going over
a second time anyway, or even a first for that matter.
Frankly, she'd have been much happier if the first was
just a weird dream that she'd wake up from any moment,
or if all of it had been a bizarre dream.
Still, she was being Strong right now and the first
thing Strong never did was dither about the past. At
least that's what she told herself. Introspection was
never her thing anyway.
Jonothon opened the door for her and she slid into the
seat. He closed the door behind her and got into the
other side, sitting for a moment, waiting for
something. She smiled, the not-asking silence became
thicker, and after a moment, he reached forward and
started the car.
She released a breath she hadn't even noticed she'd
held when they passed out of the gate. What had she
expected? Jonothon glanced at her and she knew he must
have been feeling the confusion coming off her in
waves. Still, sh didn't feel like talking right now.
What she felt like�was sleeping. So she did.
There are memories that will forge themselves into
your soul. That will rip their way into your
forebrain, where they will squat, fierce and fat with
Of these, Jubilee had a few: Bastion's voice had been
dominant awhile, it's soft cadence backed with the
acrid tang of machine. Urging her to give in, to give
up, to surrender to her tired limbs and haunted mind.
Sabertooth had been a recent arrival. After a while
though, all the memories turned to a jumbled mash of
hollow noise. It was all just another day now, and
just another thing to ignore.
It was cold outside when Jonothon dropped her off at
the airport; he drew the collar up around her neck and
she stopped herself from flinching away from him. He
looked at her for a moment, she could almost see him
gathering his thoughts together and she smiled.
Jonothon had always been the most silent of them,
especially considered next to her. He never could
quite manage the goodbye speeches and it was nice that
he might be trying to do so for her now. She decided
to take pity on him.
"It's okay, you know."
(Are you sure? Maybe I should come with you?)
Jonothon started at her vehemence and stepped back
slightly from the mild look of panic in her eyes.
"Jono, just stop, okay? Just, listen."
Jono leant back against the car he'd driven her to the
airport in and folded his arms. She looked agitated,
her hands rubbing against her thighs as she gathered
"It's nothing personal, okay? It's just� I've got to
do this myself. If I let you come with me, I'm leaning
on you and it'd be like if I'd never left in the first
place. Because that's what they thought of me, it's
what let them make decisions for me that I had no say
in, because I couldn't make them myself. If you came
with me, sooner or later you'd be making those
decisions too, and you'd tell yourself they were for
my own good, and you'd think that you were doing it
because it was best. But, you'd be just as wrong as
(Jubilee. What happened in Emma�s office?)
So, he�d asked. Jubilee was surprised at the sound of
her full nickname. He hadn�t called her anything but
�Jubie� in a long time.
"Why is it any of your business?"
(Because I care. Because I�m not letting you go off
alone until I know you�re not just running blind.)
"I�m not a coward."
(No, you�re not.)
"They were talking about me. I must have walked in on
a fight because they didn�t even notice I was there at
first. Scott was talking at Emma."
"Yeah. It wasn�t a normal argument, you know? Where
everyone�s screaming at each other and you�re just
waiting for someone to swan off in a huff. This was
more intense. The kind that starts those century-long
family feuds where it's all stony silences and
sideways remarks, you know?"
(So, what happened?)
"Jean noticed I was there. Scott must have caught it
from their link, because he stopped and looked at me.
I�d already heard enough though. Jono, Emma�s been
playing with my memories. Erasing them, I think. At
least, that�s what I got from what was said before
they all clammed up."
"I don�t know, okay? I only heard Jean yelling at Emma
about the fact that I had a right to know Wolvie was
dead and how she shouldn�t have taken that memory
away. After that they noticed I was there and I just
ran. I didn�t want to stick around for the rest. All I
know is that I�ve gotta go find out why he died."
(And you think I�m gonna let you do that alone?)
"Why the hell not? I�m an adult, Jono."
(Because I wouldn�t be much of a friend if I did.)
Jubilee sighed and looked him in the eye. "Jono,
please. I need to do this alone, please? I need to
know I can hack it out there and if you came with me,
I�d never know. Look, I�ll keep in touch, okay? I
Jonothon shook his head and dug in his pocket, fishing
out a cellphone.
(Was gonna give you this for your birthday. But, looks
like you�re not gonna be around for that. You call me
at the end of each week, okay? If I don�t hear from
you I�ll come looking, so don�t forget.)
Jubilee smiled and took the phone from him. "I won�t
forget. Now will you get out of here? I have a plane
Jonothon pulled her into a hug and she paused there,
holding on tight to a friend for just a moment longer.
Then, she walked away and he didn�t follow.
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