Next in season's change series....
- here is first a general list of my fanfics. It has beena while since
I last posted in thsi series and I apologize. So muich has been going
on and my writing process is a bit slow but I willd o my best to
carry on and bring more stories in my series to any of you out there
at actuallyr ead my stuff....anyway here is my fanfic list.
Fan fic list:
Seasons Change series:
How to be a leader by Scott Summers
Something to be thankful for
Gift of giving
Another new year, another resolution
The last semester
A piece of the puzzle
Be my valentine
My snow angel
Driving me crazy
Just like Frankenstein
The waiting game
Time to heal
Champaign and french fries
Stirring of the heart
In the Garden
The Great Outdoors ********new fic**********
Logan's adventure (needs to be written)
Wedding Bells (needs to be typed in)
the sabatogue (work in progress, idea stages)
New spark in life
New arms to hold you
Hand in Hand
I've found you
Not another number in my arm
The Journey Home
okay here is the fic now...so, enjoy...
Title: The Great Outdoors
Teaser: The kids go camping and nature wins
Genre: comedy, drama, outdoor adventures
After about a week of summer vacation, everyone was restless to enjoy
the hot summer days and have some fun outside of school. Xavier
planned a camping trip up north in Canada. They'd get close to two
weeks in the great outdoors.
Storm informed Gambit that this would be the perfect time to start
his make-up paper. He could do it on natural sciences, nature,
weather she was at least trying to give him options and motivation to
do it early enough. He wasn't sparked with any creativity, except
for causing trouble.
Rogue's sunburn finally healed and went away. She was hesitant to
bring her suit on the trip but her two persistent sidekicks wouldn't
let her leave it behind.
Most students had been camping before and everyone was looking
forward to getting out of the mansion for a while. Marie had gone
several times with her parents for Fourth of July trips or Memorial
Day weekend. In fact this would be her first camping trip without
them. After her graduation letter she wasn't sure she'd write
another one to them. She knew she'd probably cave eventually and do
it again, but for now, she was against it.
Scott was hoping for a quiet romantic trip with Jean with their tent
off to the side, away from the crowd for some sort of peace. He got
to lead the trip but he didn't know how easy that would be with the
big ape-bear going along.
At least with Logan and Rogue together, he didn't have to worry about
him with Jean. Oh he trusted her but Logan he liked the guy but he
wouldn't admit that to anyone, ever, even if his soon to be wife knew
it. This would also be a kind of pre wedding relaxation before
planning and organizing got into high gear. He liked that stuff,
cake, decorations, reception dj's, photographers. Logan would call
him wussy for it but Scott didn't care. He wanted it to perfect and
special for Jean.
Xavier decided to stay, he kept getting information about Magneto and
what was going on, in small bits and pieces since the last time they
fought with him. Now Magneto was silent but a new voice was ringing,
that of mutant terrorism abroad. Some even within the US.
It was nerve racking and organized to a certain point. New mutant
and anti-mutant groups formed and protests were increasing. With
mass crowds, acts of terrorism also increased. Some with deep
political messages while others were just random punks trying to show
Anyway, it was getting dangerous and city officials were worried
about it happening in the New York City area as well. So far the city
had been spared.
Scott didn't want to leave him but Felix was staying and many of the
younger students, so Xavier wouldn't be alone. Besides, he wanted
Scott and Jean to get a break themselves. Felix was working on a
project of his own. He was seeing if it was feasible to get enough
forward intelligence on activities from police and FBI databases to
help in prevention of the terrorist efforts, stop them before they
Logan was going too and for the camping trip, he didn't need much.
He lived off the wilderness for long enough to know what to do and
survive with the bare minimum. He laughed at everyone else's
packing, bags upon bags
Storm was also going. Any chance to get back to nature was a blessing
for her. She was also a light packer with a simple netted backpack,
carrying everything she'd need.
Several of the other students were coming such as Simon, who had
glasses and could move at light speed, Jessie who had frizzed blonde
hair, liked Goth stuff, had telekinesis and could use create and
throw electricity. Finally was Jeoff. He could communicate with
animals and understand them, to a point.
Bobby, Gambit and John were looking forward to this trip even more
then anyone else. Camping meant a good load of pranks to throw.
They made sure they had fire crackers, poppers, glue, toilet paper
the works. Who needed clothes they were going to have fun. Scott
didn't even check their bags, which was a blessing in disguise for
The drive there was a long one. They decided to go up to Canada for
only ten days. It was going to be for two full weeks but with recent
anti-mutant activity, it was best not to be gone too long. Jean
brought the cell phone in case they needed to be contacted for
Rogue sat next to Logan leaning her head on his shoulder. He refused
to move in case it disturbed her. He kept getting eyed by Jean and
Scott through the rearview mirror. They woke up early (3 am!) to
pack the car and get an early start and most of the kids slept on the
St. John spent all his energy talking to Jessie. He kind of liked
her. She was in some of his classes but just like Jubliee had a few
more to take before she graduated. She was just as crazy and out
going as he was. Plus she always laughed at his jokes.
Katherine noticed St. John and the glances and stares he gave
Jessie. She thought it was cute and kept the memory to herself.
She'd have to encourage him if he got cold feet later on to ask her
out he needed a woman in his life. Katherine approved of Jessie.
Finally, five hours later they arrived at the site. Unpacking was
"Okay everyone bail out!" Scott said. Trudging form the van were
about a dozen sleeping heads.
"We still have to walk about a mile to the camp site. It's that
way." He pointed to a small path over to the right of the van. The
kids started walking
"Hey wait a minute!" Scott shouted. "See this luggage, it doesn't
have legs you know."
"Everyone take something!" Jean shouted to the troops finally exiting
the car herself. Everyone grumbled turned their heads and went to
pick up items to hike with. The guys got the huge tents and food.
Katherine and Jubliee laughed along with Rogue.
"Thinks that funny well guess who gets the canoe!" St. John smiled
and the three girls had to lug the oblong bulk object. They kept
banging their knees on the edges, bruising them. It also was heavy,
packed on the inside with their stuff and other miscellaneous stuff.
They stopped laughing real quick and the guys got their revenge.
Jessie and Jeoff got the fishing poles and some extra gear.
Finally, the students never thought they'd get there, the group made
it to the clearing.
Every group had to put up their own tent. There was two to three per
tent, guys and girls. Logan was the only person, except Ororo, who
got their own tent. Katherine wasn't mechanically inclined but with
Rogue's help the tent was made.
Gambit couldn't figure out the direction
"Directions, who needs directions " Bobby said playfully. Finally
when the guys tent was done St. John noticed a few extra poles
"Hey what are these for?" He asked Bobby who had put the tent
After he showed the poles the tent collapsed and Bobby had to start
all over again.
Scott came over and handed them the directions, "You know, these may
help, IF you want to sleep tonight " he smiled.
Simon picked up the direction, with his good memory began to assemble
the tent at lightning speed.
Jubilee couldn't help making crude comments while Kitty and Rogue put
up their own tent.
"Rogue " she whispered. "I wonder what kind of wild man he can be
when he comes back to nature." She said eyeing Logan. "I wonder if he
sleeps in the nude. Now that is something I'd like to see and I'm
sure he'd like to show you "
Rogue and Katherine gave her a dirty look.
"Get your mind out of the gutter will you!" Marie said. She thought
about those ideas herself but would never give Jubes the satisfaction
of admitting it.
Logan could hear their giggles and whispers but rather not know what
they were talking about. He thought it was safer.
Logan made the fire that night since his crude but effective tent
took no time at all to put up. He knew how to live out in nature and
survive, he did for many years that he could remember.
Everything was finally set for dinner the first night there.
Everyone sat around, huddling together by the fire. Scott and Logan
decided they could both cook dinner and were civil about the matter.
Over all they did a good job of not burning what they brought in the
Everyone was tired and not much went on that first night but Scott
made sure everyone enjoyed the great outdoors but being up with the
sun so as not to waste the day
7 am was not very popular with the guy's tent or Jubilee for that
matter who could sleep her life away when she wasn't wired and hyper.
Rogue thought it was a total 180 from her personality to sleep like a
Rogue and her friends decided to spend their day hiking. It was a
slightly mountainous areas and some places were steep. Rogue could
feel the energy flowing through her. It was so exhilarating and
refreshing to be out here. Away from the big city, relaxing
She remembered to wear sunscreen today since she was out in the sun
all day. She was covered though but she wasn't taking chances.
Though another ice treatment and Logan's miracle lotion was tempting
enough to burn again.
Bobby walked hand in hand with his girlfriend Katherine who was not a
very good outdoor kind of person
"Ow, my feet hurt. Ah! I hate these stupid bugs. It is so hot out
here where are we going?" were comments she made repeatedly. The
group was willing to throw her over the next cliff. Friend or not
Gambit and Jubilee loved the trip. They talked the entire time
together sharing more and more stories, getting to know each other
better. Gambit never missed an opportunity to compliment her
comparing her beauty to nature. Rogue Bobby and Katherine had to
laugh. He was a natural flirt!
Simon even mimicked him, brining the rest of the gang into splits of
Ororo lead the expedition pointing out types of flowers and trees and
animals. Eyeing Gambit to take notes and know this information for
his report. Jubilee was nice enough to help him in his assignment.
They even found a few caves to explore but not too far in. St. John
was kind enough to light the way for them.
Katherine couldn't help but scream at anything that squished, was
slimy or made any sort of noise. Bobby even stopped holding her hand
and carefully moved away.
He came over and whispered to Rogue, "I can't believe I'm going out
with this girl. I didn't know she had this side, I may have to
reconsider " he said jokingly.
Rogue had to laugh. Kitty may hate the outdoors but she was cool
when she was in civilization
As they ventured back for lunch, Katherine saw one thing she fell in
love with, these purple wild flowers. As everyone kept on walking
she stopped and picked several of them. Soon she had a bouquet
Gambit turned to look at her but just laughed everyone else finally
stopped and Storm covered her mouth with her hands
"Cere um, I don't know how to put this to you " Gambit tried
Bobby was laughing and laughing
"Kitty " Jeoff said.
Rogue was shocked as well but no one would say anything but watched
as she picked flowers. Finally she noticed everyone staring at her
and some laughing
"What's so funny Robert Drake! Do I have something on me?!?"
"Your bare knee deep in poison ivy!" Jubilee finally shouted. A
scream enough to wake the dead was heard and she ran out of there,
dropping her flowers.
"Some one help me!' She finally started to itch and spots showed up
rather quick but everyone stayed away.
Storm came up and quieted her down
"It's okay Katherine "
She was in tears "Okay!! It itches and hurts " she kept scratching.
"Jean will have something to put on that I'm sure of it."
"Look at me " she looked like a bad case of the chicken pox and was
red all over her legs and arms.
Rogue was surprised it came up rather quickly, Katherine must have
been highly allergic.
"Shut up Bobby!" she gave him an evil look and a sharp punch in the
shoulder. He was still laughing with St. John and Gambit "You two as
well." She stormed ahead of the rest, eager to get back quickly.
"Now we got to put up with her like that the whole trip It's not fair
well good luck Bobby " and St. John patted Bobby's shoulder and then
walked up with Rogue.
Jean was busy relaxing with a good book when a screaming, crying
Katherine approached. She babbled but it was incoherent to Jean.
"She got into poison ivy do you have anything, please " Storm said
with desperation. Ororo loved Kitty but she couldn't put up with her
"Come here Katherine " Jean pilled through her bag and lotioned her
"It still itches "
"It will take away most of it, the rest you just don't itch!"
Katherine sat and sat she couldn't really do anything. The rest went
for a swim, except Rogue (skin issues) and came back. Rogue got
depressed just starring at Katherine in her state.
She went back to the lake. Jubilee and Jessie was getting sun and
guys were trying to drown each other and show off diving in. Finally
they were drying off and Rogue told everyone they should spend the
rest of the day playing cards or something Kitty could do while
sitting there, and help take her mind of itching. Everyone agreed.
Katherine thanked them all for coming back and helping her keep her
That night Logan came back from his own scouting trip with freshly
"I am not eating Thumper!" Katherine shouted
"You don't have to," Logan smiled and gave her a can of beans
"Your dinner, if you don't want rabbit."
"I think I'll starve " She set the can down as if it was poison.
She was not having a good time here that's for sure
After dinner they made s'mores and told round the fire stories, each
person adding on to it. Rogue picked up a very clear pattern in
every one. Logan's scenes involved fighting and she could tell he
thought this was stupid, Jean's romance, Scott, logic, Katherine, a
heroine, Storms had nature, Gambit's parts were like mystery novels,
Bobby's was gory, St. Johns was goofy, Simon's boring and Jessie's
was dark and Jeoff had animals in his section of the story. Jubes
you couldn't shut her up and Rogue's own were different each time,
just going with the mood.
As everyone was saying their good night's the guys came up to Logan.
Logan felt like he was being ambushed for something
"Hey Logan," St. John asked. "You think you could teach us to hunt,
like how you got that rabbit?"
Logan thought it a random request but figured showing them how to
make homemade traps and such might not be a bad idea.
"Tomorrow kid. I let you all catch dinner " he left it at that and
went into his tent.
"Well go " Jubes pushed Rogue to go over and spend time with Logan.
Rogue felt awkward about the moment and just went by to say good
She couldn't really knock.
"Come on in "
She was nervous but opened the flap and went inside.
"Nice little place you got here." It was very rustic and not like the
store bought tents of everyone else's.
They sat up talking about more of his stories on his trip and her
Finally she asked a question she wasn't sure he was comfortable
"What " he replied laying back on his little make shift matress.
"What was the last thing you remember or I guess first thing?"
"His eyes flashed over to her and she avert hers. Rogue thought she
ahd asked a stupid inappropriate question.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't of "
"No " he cut her off. "I remember waking up, it was cold, freezing
out. I couldn't tell you which way was up down, left or right. I
had nothing, not even clothes on my back." He turned to Rogue and
carefully took the tags in his fingers and untucked them from their
nestled location, "except these "
We continued on with his story, "I found a cave somehow, hid in there
till the snow let up. I nearly froze. I found a cabin in the woods
and took some things and left. I lived in the woods for years. Not
sure who I was, what I was, where I was. The worst feeling any man
There was a silence that circled the tent. Rogue didn't know what
else to say.
"You should go see if you can find anything."
He smiled at her, "I don't know anything about my past, but I know my
present is unbelievable." He hugged her in his arms and she returned
the gesture with a tear in her eyes. Rogue hadn't felt this loved in
all her life.
The conversation lightened and got a bit more serious as Marie talked
about her worries of the future. He held her and told her he would
always be there. She held on to him, and her worries melted away
leaving on his arms.
Finally she said goodnight and Logan smiled when she left.
He'd have her on his mind when he drifted off to sleep.
Jubes wanted all the details but there was nothing to tell. She
wasn't so sure Rogue was telling the truth, but she was. Finally
after the girl talk had died down and the guy's blabbering, a silence
fell over the camp site, engulfing in the sounds of the forest at
The next day the morning consisted of the guys learning the ins and
outs of trap making and setting their own to catch dinner. The girls
relaxed until afternoon fishing trip.
Logan took them out but spent most of his time with Rogue as the rest
fished just a few paces down the stream.
A screech came from Katherine as the worms were applied by the boys
to the end of the lines. She refused to touch the thing.
"That is vile!" she screamed as St. John showed her the worm guts and
she then ran to the bushes and removed her earlier lunch. She cried
and ran back to the campsite.
"Oh! What was that for?" St. john got a hard hit to the back of his
"You're a moron St. John! Go apologize now!" Jessie rambled on.
Even for her, St. John would suck it up and go say he was sorry.
Jubes gave him a dirty look and so did Rogue from a far. Marie
thought that was just a mean thing to do.
He lowered his head and walked along, following the steps of a
St. John found her crying on a stool mumbling how she hated it here
and she wanted to go home.
Guilt set in real quick for St. John.
"Katherine, look I'm sorry. I thought it was funny and I didn't
think about how you'd take it. I'm sorry."
"It's not your fault. I just can't deal with camping. I hate it!"
"No you don't." She scootched in beside her placing a friendly arm
around her shoulder.
"Come on. Think about it. S'mores, stories, those purple flowers
minus the poison ivy, fish dinners, annoying yet lovable friends.
Just a lot of good stuff sprinkled with mother nature. God mixed it
up just right, just like life back at the mansion. I know you don't
always like it there either. I promise you, you will have a good
time this trip and I willr efrain from anymore Johnisms .Are you
feeling any better?"
She nodded her head no.
"Well lay down and get some rest and I'll make sure you have the best
dinner, without seeing how it was made okay "
She smiled and went to lay down.
He returned to the stream and gave everyone an okay sign with his
hand, letting them know things were doing fine. He caught a big
hopper, all for Katherine.
Logan and Rogue went off a bit, catching fish and setting them free.
Rogue also went in swimming with the new two piece suit, sunscreen in
Logan got an eye full seeing her in it. No one else was around so she
was safe to swim. Logan enjoyed the view. He kept his eyes pealed
to the boys further down, making sure their eyes didn't wander
inappropriately down stream.
When she came out she put on a shirt and Logan held her close,
kissing her shoulder though the wet t-shirt. She felt his lips and
his warm tongue on her body. It was a sensation she won't ever
forget. Rogue thought it was so intimate between them. He always
kissed her and she wanted to kiss him back. She felt shy and
uncertain about it. It was weird, she knew just how to make him go
well beyond the edge thanks to his memories, but a soft kiss made her
Finally she turned to look him in the eye and kissed his collarbone
through his shirt, lightly at first but then more passionately. She
heard his low growl and it made her giggle even during such a serious
That was it, a moment, one they shared together before the rest of
the gang came barreling in on them and they headed back to the
The Girls checked in on Katherine and found her doing well and
"Well, John got a big one for ya and he said he'd cook it in
everything so it will looked delicious. He won't gut it in front of
"Jubes!" Rogue and Jessie exclaimed as Katherine looked a bit green
by that statement.
Gambit was the only lucky one, catching a cute rabbit.
Then showing it to everyone.
Katherine didn't even want to see it and refused to eat it.
Ororo had to follow Katherine on this one. She hadn't seen the last
one alive and couldn't eat it now that she had.
"Look at it it's trapped confined, pleading for freedom."
Gambit kept it for tomorrow. Since they had enough fish for tonight.
Scott and Jean finally came back from canoeing all day.
"How was it? Boy scout didn't tip the boat did he?" Logan asked Jean
"No, and for your information it was a very romantic." She
That night the romance continued on.
Rogue and Logan began talking and then he wrapped a thin spider web
silk thing over her lips and kissed then hungrily. She couldn't
contain herself either. She thought the kiss would never end and
didn't want it to. When he remove his lips she whimpered. "Please
Logan " He grinned and kissed her again.
<Slow and perfect > was his mantra in his head, wanting Marie to feel
loved and cared for.
His hands began roaming just a bit on her legs, up and down. Nothing
more. Logan thought her legs were perfect, muscular and sleek.
Rogue was taking in the sensation feeling his warm hands on her body,
and then other thoughts crawled there way forward.
They weren't of Logan's hands but Shadows. Suddenly his kiss became
claustrophobic and choking her. She grew panicked and pushed away
crawling away from his touch.
Logan thought he did something wrong.
"Oh, God! I'm sorry Marie!" He hated himself for pushing beyond a
simple kiss. He didn't know what was wrong but it had to be
something he did. <Stupid, stupid, stupid!> he though.
She was shaking and he slowly went over to her. She accepted his
"No, I'm sorry. It was wonderful but things .things came into my
head, I didn't want them to they just did." She paused. "He came
back and please don't take this wrong but your hands became his and I
knew what was going to happen from him and and it scared me. I knew
it was you in my heart and you wouldn't hurt me but my head only felt
and saw him. I'm sorry." She began to cry a little and he held her.
"You have nothing to worry about okay. I'm never going to hurt you,
he's never going to hurt you again. I'm sorry. I went to fast."
"You barely touched me "
"No, listen it's okay. We can take this as slow as you want. I'm
not going anywhere "
She loved him and told him so and he said the same. No more kisses
that night but she fell asleep in his arms and he felt like the
luckiest man in the world to have an angel beside him.
Being in Logan's tent for the night had its advantages. Rogue got
lucky. That night Bobby, Gambit and St. John rigged the girls tent
to come pouring down when they tried to open it St. John wasn't
sure that was a good idea after the day Katherine had but Bobby
insisted she'd be fine.
When the sun rose so did the troops.
"Hey the zippers stuck!" Jubes shouted and she pulled on it harder
Katherine came over and tried to rip it open as well, and with their
pulling the tent collapsed. And the three girls started screaming as
they couldn't get out. Well Kitty could, she vaporized through it
and looked at the job the guy had done on the outside. She was
impressed but mad.
The guys were out there laughing and the professors were just eyeing
the situation with curiosity. Jean, Ororo and Logan smiled but Scott
wasn't that amused.
Katherine was going to say something but turned when Jubes and Jessie
screamed for help and saw them in the tent fumbling around like a
kitten under a blanket who couldn't get out, this lump just jumping
and squirming and moving about. She started to laugh as well.
She tried to say `let them out' but it came out with giggles.
"I hear that Katherine Pryde!" Jubes said from the inside of the
"St. John!" Jessie screamed.
"Let them out!" Scott finally ordered the boys to action.
"Yes sir!" they replied and let the two girls out.
In turn they repeatedly smacked lightly each of the guys on their
backs to vent their anger at them.
Finally the girls spent time alone canoeing that day. Kitty and
Jubes wanted the scoop on the night with Logan. Jessie was spending
time elsewhere with St. John.
"Nothing much, it was romantic. He just held me."
"You have got to get it on! This sexual tension is killing me!" Jubes
"Jubilee!" Kitty and Rogue shouted in unison.
"I have a skin problem if you have forgotten!" Rogue said.
"Logan is a resourceful guy and I am sure you'll figure it out." She
smiled and winked at her friend.
The guys on the other hand spent their day with archery. Scott was a
bit nervous to give any of these guys a weapon of sort but they
handled themselves well.
That night St. John decided he should start the fire, "might as well
use my resources."
A slight incident occurred and the only thing anyone saw was an
explosion of sorts. St. John did a number on his eyebrows and hair.
Jessica kept him company and poked fun at him all the same. Bandages
covered his most of his face but he would be just fine.
The next day Jean wanted to talk with Logan a bit.
"I know you don't like it when I pry "
"You got that right." Logan said with a stern jaw. He knew what was
"Listen Jeannie "
"Please, hear me out. Just, be careful with her. Her mutation is
powerful and the professor doesn't think she'll ever be able to
control it. If you take your relationship with her even further,
just be careful. I don't want her or you to get hurt. Have you
talked to her about how her mutation works?"
"Yeah I have. I think it's unfair. She shouldn't have other people
in her head like that."
"If you're taking on this role as a protector of her, then be
careful. Having so many minds, memories, personalities in someone is
dangerous and even worrisome. Rogue is handling it better then
anyone else probably could have. I also think that is partially
because of you. I want to thank you for that, just coming back,
being a part of her life. It has helped her a lot."
"I'm not gonna leave. I know she sometimes gets pretty messed up
especially in nightmares. Bits and pieces come out of other people
she doesn't even notice or else she just pushes it away but if by my
being here helps, I'm not leaving, ever."
The two went on to talk more about Rogue, medically and physically
how her life has gone and about her and Logan's relationship. Jean
is just a mother hen watching over her.
While those two were yapping it up, Scott took Rogue out for a walk
to chat as well.
Their conversation was a lot more lighthearted and filled with
Rogue wasn't really astonished to see Scott so loose and carefree and
funny. She, besides Jean, was probably the only other person to know
Scott well. He was always there to help her, through Arron, through
her slight depression, making her alive. She had him to thank for
who she was today, and Logan as well. But he got her started living
They walked in the river a bit. It was a hot day and it was a good
way to cool the feet and body. Rogue, as usual, wasn't paying
attention. She slipped and fell. Scott reached out to her and a
slight touch of skin to skin was made. It was mere seconds and it
didn't faze Scott at all. Rogue felt a slight pull from the second
he held on to balance her. It was a quick flare up and a sharp pain
Rogue got one good shot off from her eyes before slamming them shut.
The bean splintering about five or six trees across the river.
The two were soaked as Scott pulled rogue from the water as she was
crying a bit. She refused to open her eyes. The memories she got
were fleeting, about how Scott was feeling about her at that moment,
his little sister, someone he would die for and cared about. It made
her feel special to have someone think of her like that. The tears
stopped quick as the pain died down in her head.
"I'm sorry, I am so sorry!" She cried out.
"Rogue Rogue .It's okay" He brushed her hair back from her face
carefully and held her.
Logan and Jean were the only one's near by at that time and came
"What happened?" Jean wanted to know.
"It's okay." Scott said.
"Like hell!" Logan was mad. He didn't know why but Marie seemed
She had stopped crying and let Scott's warm feelings flow through
her, easing her scaredness.
"I'm fine " She said finally regaining control of her mind and body.
"Can I open them?" she wondered. She didn't know how long it lasted
but the burning sensation was fading.
"It burns a little but it's almost gone."
"Wait till it's gone then open them okay." Scott said.
She waited while Scott explain that she just slipped and he tried to
stop her from falling and caught her upper arm, the thin amount that
Finally Rogue blinked.
"Sorry to give you all such a scare "
"Not your fault Marie." Logan said, "It's no one's fault."
"How much did you get?" Scott wondered
"Don't worry, nothing I could blackmail you with."
They all got a light hearted laugh and went back to the site where
everyone wanted to know the scoop. They heard a distant crash and
wondered what happened.
That night Simon went out of his tent for a nature calling and upon
coming back heard a low growl. He was not exactly aware of that kind
of sound before but to him it indicated that it wasn't good. He
looked around and couldn't see much. He walked at a rapid pace back
to the main site and came across a not so nice brown bear, munching
though the food that they had placed high above in the tree, like one
should. Apparently it didn't work too well.
He was a bit panicked and just ran into Logan's tent.
He whispered shaking the guy awake. He was actually having a
pleasant dream for once and was not too fond of being woken up from
"What is your problem Simon "
A low growl was heard
"That!" he replied nervously and terrified.
"It's huge Mr. Logan! I don't dare go out there "
Logan peaked his head out and saw the bear munching away.
Not good, the bear wasn't moving and Logan didn't want to risk anyone
getting hurt. He stalked around him and moved into Simon's tent.
There he saw Jeof.
"Jeof!" he whispered.
"Wha " the kid slowly woke up.
"I need a favor."
"What time is it?"
"Shhh! Early, late depends you can talk to animals right ?"
"Yeah, kind of."
"Good, tell our neighbor to leave?"
"What?" he heard a growl and became terrified himself.
"Well talk to him " they peaked out the tent.
"No way! You do it!"
"I can't talk to animals but you can."
"No! I've talk to house cats, dogs not bears!" he hissed softly.
"Time to see what you can do kid." Logan shoved him out of the tent
and he followed, had to make sure to protect the kid if this didn't
work or one-eye would be beyond pissed.
The bear got angry and saw them. It reared up, standing on its hind
legs. The growl awoke everyone else in the campground. Jean poked
her head out and told everyone mentally not to move or make a sound
and to remain in their tents for now.
Jeof and the bear had what appeared to be a stare down for about ten
minutes. Logan and the rest were unsure what the kid was doing
Finally the bear backed away and left the camp ground
If the fire had been lit, poor Jeof would have been paler then a
ghost. Finally everything settled down and sleep descended once
more, after a long while.
The rest of the trip wasn't that eventful and everyone relaxed and
enjoyed the time off.
At home Xavier and Felix were keeping taps on the rise in mutant
Normality group was born, an anti-mutant groups based in Europe and
the US. School bombings in Munich killing over a hundred students.
Xavier feared it was their sister schools but it wasn't. A shooting
in Paris in a mutant neighborhood area. Funding was being given to
this groups through businesses and government sources. Other
shootings, bombings, fires and such under the flag of "Normailty"
occurred in LA, Miami, Holland, and in Romania.
It was not looking good and the governments were having a hard time
containing these groups, some were even supported by high government
Xavier was scared, scared Erick maybe right. There efforts seemed to
make no effect. But Xavier kne that if he continued to think that
way, all hope was lost and without hope, there is nothing. He
refused to believe that! Things were getting ugly. But Xavier still
did not like Magneto's approach. The brotherhood was funding it's
own terrorist like activities. There had been several congressional
accidents and a governor, all outspoken anti-mutants to fall into
fatal accidents, Xavier didn't think they were so accidental as the
media and police claimed them to be.
New York was still being spared from these disputes but not for
long. Charles worried over the safety of his students. Some of the
schools, especially their Munich sister school was begging Xavier to
take some of the students. Europe was too dangerous right now. Very
few places left for the safety of mutants.
Charles agreed and this coming fall the London school and the New
York school would take several exchange students. Not for education
but for protection.
Xavier thought it was getting out of control and he had to find away
to stop it before it was too late