5164FIC: The Downside to Being One of the Bad Guys (All / Pyro)
- Jul 11, 2003I'm X.
I'm a lurker.
But I own that disfunction and apoligize for reading
lots and being poor in feedback.
So, I wrote this.
It's long so I broke it up into parts, here's the
first. I hope you enjoy.
Title: The Downside to Being One of the Bad Guys
Disclaimer: I own nothing and am getting no money.
Summary: The main problem with being one of the bad
guys is that you have to fight the good guys, and you
what always happens with that...
Professor Charles Xavier called together his X-men in
the war room. Seated with him around the large table
were Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, plus the newly
promoted Rogue and Iceman. In their new black shiny
uniforms they sat with the others, but unlike them,
couldn�t keep excited grins from their faces. On
Xavier�s right was another X-man, a Big, shaggy Animal
�For our newer members, this is Dr. Hank McCoy,
codename, Beast. He�s a former student that�s
recently returned after doing some work in
Washington.� explained Xavier, gesturing to the large,
blue, furry man next to him. The assembled team
members all gave nods and made polite noises. �And
Hank, this is Logan, codename Wolverine, Marie,
codename Rogue, and Bobby Drake, we call him Iceman.�
Beast smiled and raised a paw.
��I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is
prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another
matter.� Mark Twain. I truly appreciate your warm
welcome; it is a pleasure to be back.�
�How was Washington Hank?� Storm asked, still smiling
from Hank�s little joke.
�Oh, I think I did what I could working against the
registration act. People can be very stubborn.�
Murmurs of agreement followed that comment.
�Speaking of stubborn, Magneto is up to something
again. We�ve gotten a report; he�s lurking around
Rhode Island. It�s Magneto himself has left the house
so it must be something big.� Cyclops explained.
�It�s defiantly Magneto?� Rogue asked
�Older man, big purple cape and funny bullet helmet,
is the description given to the local police. I think
it might be him.�
�I want Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Beast and Iceman
on this mission. Start with reconnaissance. Try and
find out what he�s up to.� Xavier explained. He
glanced at Logan. �I know things may get messy,
that�s why we�ll be prepared, but do try and keep
things civil Logan.�
Wolverine gave a rather dashing smile, �Don�t I
Cyclops set the Blackbird down behind cover at an
abandoned construction site. Magneto had been in the
area recently and the partly constructed building kept
the passersby, if there were any, from spotting the
plane. Cyclops turned around in the pilot�s seat to
look at the team. Iceman and Rouge were barely
containing their excitement. The Beast was reading
some kind of Rhode Island tourist guide. Cyclops
didn�t bother to question this odd act. Wolverine was
warily looking out the front window.
�What�s the matter Logan, scared of a little recon?�
�Shut up Cyke, something doesn�t smell right.�
Humoring the Canadian Scott replied, �OK we�ll stay
extra alert.� Scott was able to keep from laughing as
they left the Blackbird. Logan was always making
missions a fight. It was possible for them to leave
the mansion and not wind up fighting someone. Why
didn�t Logan see that?
It was a blatant set up. Wolverine growled. As soon
as they left the Blackbird the Brotherhood had
appeared. Mystique smiling seductively, Magneto, cape
blowing in the light breeze, Toad tilted his head to
the left eyeing them, and Pyro grinning as he twirled
a ball of fire with the fingers of his left hand, a
blazing tail connecting it to the lighter in his
right. They were a dashing scene and Wolverine
charged towards them. But the master of magnetism
held him mid stride. Wolverine couldn�t move,
couldn�t join his teammates as they took on the
Pyro launched his fire at Bobby. Iceman dodged and
lobed an ice ball at the other teen. Rogue inched
closer, trying to go unnoticed and then make a grab
for Pyro. But Mystique grabbed her around her clothed
middle using one of her agile blue legs. She brought
Rogue down and then kicked. Rogue moaned; this was
not a fun part of the job. She rolled over and
prepared to fight the shape shifter.
Cyclops turned to the skirmishes that had erupted.
Then he felt a weight slam into his back. He tried to
turn, create enough force to throw off the person on
his back. But, it was Toad, and he was stuck on good.
Cyclops drove his elbows back, trying to hit the
smaller man in the ribs or some other vulnerable spot.
Failing to do this, instead he felt Toad�s tongue
close around his neck, strangling him. In a last
ditch effort as things got gray Cyclops threw himself
backwards onto the ground with all his strength,
sandwiching Toad between the ground and the black
leather back of the X-man. Toad moaned.
�You twat!� he cursed.
�Hey! Keep it civil, you�ll ruin Bobby�s virgin
ears.� Pyro scolded from behind, using his foot to
roll Cyclops off of the little green man. Both men
were now shakily on their feet and slowly circling
The Beast was not an overly aggressive man. But, they
were under attack, he needed to fight back. They
needed Wolverine back, so Beast scanned the
battlefield for Magneto. They were slowly spreading
themselves apart. Rogue and Mystique were literally
rolling on the ground. Pyro was advancing Bobby
towards a framed out wall that was likely meant to be
the houses� garage. The conflict between Toad and
Cyclops was almost comical as the X-men leader shot
optic blasts at the Brother who simply flipped out of
the way like a gymnast. Magneto stood farther back,
trying to avoid notice a little, still holding
Wolverine by the adamantium of his bones. The Beast
spotted him and began a loping gait towards the master
A few feet away Iceman and Pyro were going strong.
Pyro threw himself forward and the shift in target
threw Bobby off balance. Pyro and Iceman collided
head on and fell to the ground, a mess of limbs.
Physically it was a very even match, the boys were
practically the same height, weight, and had been
originally trained by the same man. But Pyro had been
undergoing very intense training with the Brotherhood
since he�d left Xavier. He was up first and had Bobby
around the wrists. Bobby shot an ice blast, which
caught Pyro in the chest, making him stumble back to
his knees. Bobby tried again but Pyro re-aimed
Iceman�s hands in a harmless direction. Glancing
around Pyro saw his opportunity. He brought his knee
up to Bobby�s face, dazing the blonde. He yanked him
the couple feet to a support beam of the partially
completed house and withdrew a pair of shiny metal
handcuffs from his pocket. Bobby groaned. �I know
kinky, but hey standard issue from the master of
metal.� He clipped Bobby�s wrists around the beam.
Bobby�s head cleared the rest of the way and he
struggled to free himself.
�Sorry Iceman, I win.� And Pyro left him to rejoin
Hank crashed into the caped figure and sent him
sprawling to the ground. Magneto let go of Wolverine
to focus on his attacker for the moment. In response
a big metal beam flew towards the blue man. Beast
caught the flying metal and tossed it aside. Beast
continued forward. He crashed into Magneto and drove
them backwards, farther away from their teammates.
They rose up into the air. Magneto was in control.
The beast held on to the older man and tried to break
his focus. He was a little wary about the drop, but
he really couldn�t just wait for Magneto to decide to
take him back down. With his acrobatics he should be
able to roll when he hit and avoid extensive injury.
Committed to the plan, he let go of Magneto and pushed
off with his strong feet.
The sensation of falling was intense. It was so
intense Beast was only vaguely aware off Magneto
shooting upward as his velocity increased due to the
dramatic reduction in weight. He was sure the
Brotherhood leader would regain control and return to
the fight, but beast really had to focus his attention
on landing first.
Wolverine felt Magneto�s hold drop, felt control rush
back into his limbs. He was in full combat mode. He
took off towards the Beast. Suddenly he came to stop.
Eyes closed in concentration he heard the crunch of
sand as an enemy stepped up behind him. Wolverine
spun around fast and planted his claws deep into the
member of the Brotherhood who had tried to sneak. His
nostrils flared as the faintly familiar scent drowned
in the coppery odor of blood. Opening his eyes, he saw
the slack-jawed face of John Allerdyce. The only
thing that was holding the boy up was the adamantium.
Withdrawing the claws, he caught Pyro and lowered him
to the ground.
He�d speared the kid between the ribs, clean through
the left lung. John lay on the ground, his T-shirt
was black so you couldn�t see a spreading redness, but
the wetness was apparent. In fact it was oozing out
from under him and visibly pooling around the wound.
His chest was heaving madly and he wheezingly gulped
�Logan!� the cry of Marie cut through the air.
Mystique held her, dangling over the edge of the hill
they were fighting on, a bit of a distance away. It
was a good distance up, she�d be lucky to survive the
fall. Logan felt the animal that had edged back upon
seeing the damage he�d inflicted, come rushing back.
One of the pack was in danger. He had to remember,
Pyro was one of the enemy. He�d done the same thing
to Mystique that day on Liberty Island. He took off
in a run, determined to stop the blue skinned brother
from her current mission.
(Thanks for reading)
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