Title: Fall in Apgar: August and Everything After
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Summary: The apocalypse has come, Legacy has been unleashed and the world
is in tatters. How do a small band of mutants survive the fallout?
A/N: I was so inspired by Terris own Seasons in Yellowstone series that
I asked her if I could borrow her world and create my own AU. She
graciously agreed and even betaed it for me.
Check out Terris series at: http://xgrrl27.homestead.com/seasons.html
FIA is set in Apgar Village in Glacier National Park. The seasons change
swiftly and fall is short. I saw it as the perfect background to throw our
favorite characters against. Keep in mind that this is a post-apocalyptic,
hell-on-earth world they exist in. Some of the choices made seem like the
only viable option.
Disclaimer: The X-Men belong to Marvel and Fox. All song lyrics in this
story are from Counting Crows: August and Everything After.
Step out the front door like a ghost
into the fog where no one notices
the contrast of white on white
And in between the moon and you
angels get a better view of the crumbling
difference between wrong and right
The world had changed in the last five years. Legacy had been
unleashed and diminished the mutant population to less than 10% in the first
two years of its existence. Civil war had brought the rest of the world to
its knees as weapons of mass destruction and biological warfare had been
implemented. Less than three million people were left in the world. Those
who had survived the aftermath had been among the few who had heeded the
warnings and taken cover in an underground shelter.
Among the few who survived were Kitty Pryde, Scott Summers,
Marie Lensher, Erik Lensher, Jubilee Summers, Andrew Summers, and Victor
Creed. The Summers family and Kitty had fled the X-Mansion the minute
Xavier had given the order. The few children who hadnt been taken by
Legacy had gone into hiding with various members of the united X-Men and
Brotherhood. The death toll had been astounding, only Xavier and Ororo
Munroe remained at the mansion while the Summers and Kitty chose to go
underground with Erik, Marie and Victor.
Andrew had been born shortly after the group entered the bunker.
He was the first product of Jubilee and Scotts marriage and the only child
in the complex. Marie, at fifteen was the closest to his age and the only
other member of survivors who had been under 18 when theyd gone into
hiding. Andrew was lavished attention by all the adults and hid education
had benefited by having some of the sharpest minds around teaching him. He
d learned to read well by age four, and was insatiably curious about
everything. He took after his father in looks, but his personality was all
from his mother.
Marie was his favorite to hang out with because the other people
were too old and boring sometimes as Andrew put it. He found it very
funny that Uncle Erik took longer naps than he did, and frequently asked why
he was so lazy. Victors cat-like appearance had enticed Andrew to create
his own brand of stalking in which he would follow Victor around and
pounce on him. The generally surly man had taken a liking to the small
boy and allowed things that nobody else in the world would have ever gotten
Victor had been getting restless though lately. Hed been
cooped up for nearly four years and was anxious to get out to the real
world, or what was left of it. A single news report was given from New York
each night at 6 PM. It was all that was needed, there was never much
reported except for more death and the dire predictions that the end of the
human race would soon be upon them. Some countries were completely devoid
of human life, and some were damn near close.
The United States and Canada had the highest population with a
combined 1.2 million people living in various provinces and states. In the
latter, nearly all of the population was in the south, and it was nearly all
human. The race of mutants had been decimated ever further with the
outbreak of World War III. It was open season on any filthy mutie as the
general public believed them responsible for the crumbling of the world.
Legacy had claimed millions of human lives though it had been intended to
wipe out mutants only. A mutation of the virus had appeared very quickly
after the release of the initial strain. With two strains out there it was
a matter of time before the world was bathed in corpses.
Cemeteries had been abandoned in the middle of the third year.
There were simply too many people dying and not enough space. The cities
had tried desperately to cope with the problem, but when it was clear that
even mass graves wouldnt solve the problem, it was abandoned. New York had
become the city of corpses as it had contained the most people. The
stench of death was everywhere, the evidence undeniable, and quality of life
didnt exist. It was a time when survival was all that mattered, by any
Erik had implemented weekly checks for Legacy for all the
inhabitants of the compound. It was always a tense 12 hours before results
could be checked to see if all the members were in good health or had
contracted Legacy. They had earlier agreed that if one of them should come
down with the virus, Victor would head out to scout the area, as he alone
was immune. If he came back with positive news, the infectee would stay in
the compound and the rest would leave. An infected compound was no good to
any of them.
Victors restlessness resulted in a trip to the surface, and for
the first time since theyd left the world behind hed come back with good
news. The town had apparently all died out, and hadnt been affected by
radiation. It was time to leave the bunker and breath freely; it was time
to move to Apgar. The group had formed the plan to trek cross-country to
the now abandoned Glacier Park. It was one of the coldest places in the
northern United States and not likely to have any humans. It was also far
enough away to have been exempt from the massive destruction that all of the
eastern cities had endured.
Victors news had resulted in the mutants springing into action,
they would need to raid the town for supplies and locate vehicles. A car
dealership ¼ mile outside of town had been loaded with trucks and cars when
theyd last seen it. The newest survey of it showed that they still had a
sufficient amount of vehicles for the group. Erik, Scott, Jubilee and
Victor would each drive a vehicle while Kitty, Marie and Andrew would be
passengers. The other three would be responsible for rounding up supplies
at the abandoned stores. A Wal-Mart was located near the dealership, so the
three hit that first.
Can you manage a cart by yourself Andrew? Marie asked her
You bet! He cried enthusiastically. Whats a cart?
Kitty laughed, shed forgotten that Andrew had never been inside
of a store. Its one of those silver things inside that window there. Do
you remember what a store is?
Andrew thought for a minute, when he was sure he had the answer
he piped up. A store is a place where people like mommy used to go to buy
meaningless consumer things. Andrew answered quoting his father.
Marie grinned, the boy had some definite smarts about him, and
hed very gravely told her that one day when he grew up he wanted to be a
shoplifter. Hey Andrew, its your lucky day to be a shoplifter.
Andrews face lit up when he heard that and he merrily skipped
ahead of the women, stopping at the glass doors. Kitty had retrieved a rock
from the parking lot and after warning Andrew to stand back, threw it
through the door. The satisfying sound of it shattering pierced the air and
the three shoplifters entered the store to gather their loot. There was no
electricity, which was to be expected, but Marie found a couple of
flashlights at the check out stands. Shed also found a dead body. Whats
that smell? Andrew asked, nose wrinkled.
Somebody died in here. Marie told him gently.
Why didnt they take her outside?
There was probably nobody left alive to do the job. She
Thats not right Marie. Can we give her a memory service?
Andrew asked solemnly.
Sure. Marie answered, touched by the boys thoughtfulness for
a woman hed never met before.
Why dont you pray for, Kerry Marie said leaning over the
skeleton to find the nametag on the smock.
Now we lay Kerry down to sleep, pray the Heavens her soul to
since she died before we got here, pray the Lord her soul to
take. Andrew finished his impromptu alteration of his bedtime prayer.
Kitty and Rogue bowed respectively and waited for the little
priest to indicate they could move on now. The rest of the shopping trip
was filled with excitement from Andrew and a few more memory services
performed by Brother Andrew. The women and child filled the three carts
with groceries, car parts, and bedding and countless other items that were a
necessity to one starting a new life. When the carts were full they went
back to fill three more. After being starved for entertainment for five
years, they filled a cart with cds and players, one with small tv/vcr
combinations and movies, and another with combinations of both. Andrew was
fascinated with almost every aspect of the store and how all the displays
were untouched but the people were dead.
An hour later the three took the carts across the parking lot
and found three trucks, two RVs and a Suburban ready to load. Jubilee and
Scott had pointed out that one day Marie and Kitty would both learn to
drive, and more vehicles might be hard to find, therefore two trucks had
been hitched to the back of the two RVs. A final night in the compound,
and the band of mutants would be ready to strike out into the great wide
open. Erik rounded everybody up for the weekly virus test, while a heavily
pregnant Jubilee divided up shifts for Erik, Marie, Kitty, Victor and Scott
to watch the trucks at night. The world might be deserted, but thieves had
a tendency to strike the unlikeliest of places. It was always better to be
safe than sorry.
Jubilees second pregnancy had come as a shock to the rest of
the mutants. Why would you want to bring a child into this world? was the
first thought voiced by Erik.
Jubilee had privately thought the same thing momentarily, but
the baby was part of her and Scott and in this uncertain world either of
them could go at any moment. Jubilee didnt want to be left in a world
where Scott was only a memory without symbols of their love for one another.
Andrew was their pride and joy and both wanted him to have a brother or
Jubilee was due to deliver in late August or early September according to
Kitty, who acted as the older womans gynecologist and midwife.
Rubbing her back, Jubilee stood up and stretched. She was only
twenty-eight, but at times she felt infinitely older. They had all been
forced to grow up fast, especially Rogue who had spent almost all of her
teenage years in the compound. Jubilee sighed and decided to call it a
night. Scott came in to put Andrew to bed before joining his wife for a few
hours sleep before it was time for his shift.
Tonight Andrew wanted to be read to, instead of reading a story
to his father. Marie had filled him in on the happenings with the dead
bodies earlier and Scott suspected that Andrew wanted comfort.
Ready for bed Kind Drew? Scott smiled at his son.
Yes, Slave Daddy. Andrew answered with all the regalnes a five
year old could muster.
What will it be your royal highness? Scott beseeched him.
The Cat in the Hat. Andrew answered promptly.
Scott had guessed right, Andrew did want comfort. The Dr. Seus
tale was his sons fallback book. He asked for it any time there was
something on his mind. Scott cracked the book, sat Andrew in his lap and
began the tale.
Several hours later, the little family gathered up their few
possessions and piled into their various vehicles. Marie and Erik hopped
into the big red 4X4, which would lead the other trucks. When everyone was
settled, the group took off. Theyd filled various canisters and barrels
full of gasoline yesterday afternoon and had plenty for the trip and then
some. They were heading into an area where the closest area of civilization
was at least twenty-five miles away.
You ready Marie? Erik asked his daughter.
Sure am, itll be nice to go somewhere different. Marie smiled
a smile that wouldnt quite reach her eyes.
I just wish mom was hear with us. Marie said.
So do I dear. Your mother would have loved where were going.
Do you ever wonder what it would have been like if she was
All the time. Im infinitely glad that you are here with me.
I wouldnt have made it without you Marie, youre my world. Erik said
Lets just hope that theres something better up there. This,
what weve been living is no life. Especially for Andrew and that baby.
Indeed. We cant be heading off to something much worse. Erik
The two fell silent. Erik had meant every word, Marie was his
only child with his beloved wife and without her, he would have easily taken
his own life. Hed build himself around mutant rights, but when Marie had
been born that had changed. He suddenly had a child who depended on him for
everything to think about. He couldnt take the risks that he hadnt
thought twice about in the past. Mystique had demanded that he quit his
suicidal tendencies and grow up.
She had been right of course, but Erik wasnt inclined to
change. His baby girl had had a strong effect on him though. Seeing her
pink hand curl around his pinky, or smile when he made a silly face had
triggered a change deep inside. Erik wasnt about to offer the olive branch
to Charles and his X-Men, but he agreed to stop attacking at such frequent
Mystique had fell victim to Legacy early on, and Erik finally
broke down and united with Charles when a grief stricken Marie had begged
him to stop fighting a needless war when the world was already in ruins. It
wasnt long after that first act of friendship that Legacy had spawned two
more viruses. One could lay dormant for years without detection, finally
killing the victim within three days of symptoms, and one was very much like
the Ebola virus of the Middle Ages.
Mystique had suffered relatively little as the original strain
took its victims within a day. Erik had secretly hoped that he himself
would contract the same virus as his wife; the other two were simply
horrible. It had been hard to take in three X-Men and not launch into
rhetorical discussions about humanitys understanding. Erik had proven
triumphant. Humanity turned on mutant kind as soon as human casualties were
reported due to Legacy; ironically it had been a disease of their own
Erik had seen a massacre before, but the wasteland before him
was somehow even more horrifying and wrong. Humans had brought it upon
their selves, but it didnt erase the tragedy of the innocence lost in the
remainder of the world. It was a bleak place void of hope, and in
retrospect, Erik was glad his daughter had been sheltered from what the
world had become in five years. Erik also hoped that Apgar Village would
still be there. He also hoped the cabins would be standing. Most of all,
he hoped he had enough time. He glanced over at his daughter who had fallen
asleep. Maries test had come back positive. She had Legacy and the only
cure was for her to become immune.
Annette: We need to talk about Michael
Jackie: Fine. I'll use really small words so you'll be sure to understand
Annette: That won't be good enough!
-'That 70's Show'
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