DISCLAIMERS POSTED IN PART 0
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"Youre sending me *where*?" Marie gripped the handset of the phone
anxiously, her other hand twining nervously in the cord.
"Its called the Massachusetts Academy. Weve been talking to the
headmistress a Ms. Emma Frost and she really thinks she can help you
with your your mutation." Her father never *would* think of her ability
as a "gift."
"But, but Daddy, Professor Xavier really *can* help me. And, and I like
it here, and I have friends..." [And I have Logan.]
"Honey, youve been there for more than a year now, and you still have to
stay covered up all the time. Its time to see if this Ms. Frost can help
you where Mr. Xavier cant." That was her mother, on the other extension.
Marie bit her lip. Because the truth was that she *could* control her
gift but had been keeping that a secret, ironically enough, to keep her
parents from taking her out of this school. The impulse at this point was
to announce that she *had* gotten control of her gift or to more warily
claim to have "made progress" in gaining control. But convincing her
parents of her skill would result in them bringing her home to
Whether Mississippi was preferable to Massachusetts and her parents
preferable to Emma Frost was a matter worth considering. And also worth
talking over with Logan.
Marie suppressed her protests for the moment. If the end decision was to
tell her secret to her parents, that could be done in a later phone call.
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Logans advice that she could choose to tell her parents after trying
out the Massachusetts Academy, but couldnt take back telling her parents
to return to Xaviers *or* Frosts schools matched her own
inclinations. "But youll be here, and Ill be in Massachusetts..."
Logan smiled at her. "Kid, Im only here cause *youre* here. If youre
going, I might as well follow you to Massachusetts or all the way to
The question there was how much contact theyd be able to get away with.
Marie of course had Logans cell phone number, and she dragged him down
to the computer lab to set up a free e-mail account for him out of added
paranoia. It might turn out to be the best method for *him* to get a
private message to *her*.
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She Whose Quotations Are Both Exotic and Appropriate
Keeper of his Deadly Startle Reflexes, Guardian and Examiner of the
Adamantium-Revealing X-Rays, and Official Listener for the Occasional
"Getting fired is the best thing that could happen to any of us. That
way, we'd quit treading water and do something with our lives."
-- Tyler Durden, _Fight Club,_ by Chuck Palahniuk
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