Disclaimers were in the first part.
Two days. For two days the teachers of Xavier
Institute shifted their schedules. It was Kitty that
noticed first that Scott wasn�t teaching. She was the
one that pointed it out to the others. Rogue was the
one who got volunteered to ask Jean where he was.
�Scott has an old friend that is really sick, so
right now she needs him.�
Rogue had always been good at watching people. It
used to be a game for her to watch people and see how
they moved and acted when they talked.
�So Scott has a sick friend that has come back,�
Rogue informed the others.
�I bet it is the chick from the other night,� St.
John piped up.
�Well is it me or has Jean seemed a little tense
lately?� Rogue asked.
�Of course Jean is tense,� Jubilee, piped up. �It
Scott�s old flame that came home.�
�What?� Rogue gasped.
�Sure all the signs are there. Scott set everything
aside to sit with her and Jean�s jealous.�
The others let that sink in and then shook it off.
Scott wouldn�t do that to Jean. Still when a rumor
lifts its ugly head it�s so hard to stop.
�Come on you can�t hide down here forever,� Scott
told her. Worry seemed to dance around in those wide
Zoe could be as tight lipped as a clam when she
chooses to be. Scott had tried everything that he
could think of to make Zoe open up to him. She just
wouldn�t talk to him. He was frustrated. The Professor
was convinced that she would talk to him when she was
Zoe nodded and took Scott�s hand and slid off the
bed. She was almost as tall as he was. She had always
been a gangly kid. Scott smiled to himself as he
noticed that she finally seemed to grow into her long
limbs. Her sable brown hair was shorter then he
remembered. It teased the tops of her shoulder.
// �That girl is impossible Professor! This morning
she super glued all of the toilet seats and lids
together and then glued them to the bowl.�//
//�Did you ask her about it?�//
//�Of course I asked her why she had done it. She
just looked at me and said �Because I could.� //
The sound of her voice cut through Scott.
�I�m sorry I was gathering wool. What did you say?�
�You and Jean seem to be a pretty tight item. Does
she make you happy?� Zoe asked him.
Scott could feel his shoulders relax as he thought
about Jean. They have been together for the last three
years. Things some times got a little rocky especially
when that Canadian was around but never their love for
each other. He was sure of that.
�Yeah we�re happy. Especially when Logan isn�t
around,� Scott chuckled. Zoe wasn�t laughing though.
She knew Scott well enough to know when he was
�Why don�t you go on into the dinning room and get
something to eat. I need to let the others know that I
will take over my classes again.
�Yeah sure,� she told him. She watched as he walked
down the hall. Zoe went in to grab a bit if for
nothing else to humor him.
St. John noticed her first and he kicked Bobby in the
�Ow! What was that for?� He glared at St. John. Till
he noticed that he was staring at something over his
shoulder. He saw a tall brunette wearing a pair of
faded blue jeans making her way to the kitchen.
�Is that her?�
�What are you guys doing?� Kitty asked as she set her
�Scott�s mystery friend just went into the kitchen.�
Bobby told them as Jubilee and Rogue came over to join
Zoe ignored the whispers that came from the other
table. She took her food and sat down at her favorite
table at the other end of the room. It felt as if
everything and nothing had changed. The kids were new,
but then she expected people to come and go.
�She is sitting at the teachers table,� Bobby gasped.
�Well, there isn�t a sign posted that she couldn�t
sit there,� Kitty told them.
Logan came in for a quick bit. He noticed that there
was someone new sitting at the teachers� table as he
sat down. It was that woman from the other night. For
a few minutes they sat there in silence as they ate.
He watched her out of the corner of his eye. She was a
scrawny thing, and she still had a swollen eye where
his fist grazed her during the struggle.
�Sorry about that,� he gestured to her eye.
Zoe could feel the trembling start. �It�s okay.�
Way to go Logan, ya scared her again, he thought to
�Logan,� he told her trying to set her at ease.
He slid down so he wouldn�t half to speak to her from
across the room. As he did he noticed Kitty, Jubilee,
and Rogue watching a few tables away. He tossed them a
wink as he sat down across from the new person.
Logan. This was the Logan that had made Scott unhappy.
Zoe glared at him as he re-seated himself. Then the
bastard had the nerve to wink at her.
�Once when I was a kid my mother let me keep a puppy
that I had found. He had gotten stuck between a
concrete wall and a building. It took a really long
time and a lot of coaxing but he finally trusted me
enough to get him out. He had been in a dark tight
place for a very long time. The first time he walked
into the light he was scared. My best friend and I
talked to him and played with him. In the end my
father wouldn�t let me keep him. The puppy had always
loved both of us, so I gave him to my friend because
it was what was for best. It didn�t mean that he loved
me any less just that he loved me differently, but her
brother couldn�t understand that and he harassed that
poor dog till he ran away. That won�t happen again,�
Zoe stood up with anger poring off of her.
�I don�t�� Logan started to say.
�You wouldn�t BROTHER.� Zoe walked away.
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