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An Meal Ready to Eat is a vile military version of lunchables.
Start turning the girl into the ground
roll the new love over
The drive to Apgar had taken approximately three days. They
stopped for half a day when they reached the abandoned Military base in
Great Falls, Montana. Theyd picked up an arsenal of weapons and MREs.
They had picked up plenty of food, but it was always best to be safe.
Andrew had been fascinated by the black wrapped Army food, and marveled over
the tiny bottle of Tabasco and the after dinner mint. The main course
itself was less exciting, but it would be adequate should they need to
survive on it.
The continued journey to Apgar had proven uneventful, and theyd
arrived at their destination anticipating everything from the conditions of
the cabins they hoped to inhabit to the general quality of what life would
bring them in this new place. The convoy rolled to a stop and all the
mutants scrambled out of the vehicles to take in their new surroundings.
It was breathtaking. Apgar Village was the first place they had been to
that didnt show signs of the damaged world. Lake MacDonald spilled out
fifty feet from where theyd stopped. It was deep blue, serene and utterly
peaceful. Douglas firs, ponderosa pines and thousands of evergreen trees
covered the landscape.
And the ground wasnt strewn with bodies as it had been in every other
area. The world was alive and thriving here, and it was beautiful. Erik
headed towards the cabins in the distance while the remainder of the road
weary gang walked down to the picturesque lakeshore. He found the office of
what had been the base of cabin rental operations and bent the hinges of the
locked door until it sprang open. The room was dusty but appeared to be in
good order. There was no telltale stench of death, so Erik explored freely
in the closet until he found a locked box. When he shook it the box
rattled, so it looked like hed found the keys to the cabins. Using his
powers once again Erik opened the box and found the labeled keys as he
smiled to himself and took the box outside.
The cabins were clustered into two groups. One was more traditional
hotel rooms, while the other group was of two-story cabins. Erik fished
through the keys until he found one that corresponded with cabin one. The
door creaked and the room remained dark when he clicked at the light switch.
He wasnt surprised that there were no electricity, but a trip down to
Columbia Falls and they could pick up some generators. All of the furniture
appeared to be intact and Erik was pleasantly surprised by the size of the
rooms. The kitchen was a little bit on the small side, but the living room,
bathroom and downstairs bedroom were all to scale. A nice sized loft filled
Erik chuckled lightly to himself. This place would be livable.
It would be a most welcome change from the sterile environment of the
underground bunker. Andrew deserved to play outside in the sunshine like a
normal child. Jubilee and Scotts baby would have the chance to grow up in
the light of the world. And Marie, he needed to find a cure. Only one
seemed very likely to work and Erik was torn on if he could in fact go
through with such a plan, but she was his world-she couldnt die. He shook
his head and started towards the lake. Darkness wouldnt set in for another
few hours but it would be best to get a head start on moving into the cabins
He found everybody wading in the water except for Andrew who had
emerged himself completely despite the cold. A mountain lake in August was
still a mountain lake. Slipping off his shoes, Erik joined his family, and
he had indeed come to think of them as a family. He was related to Marie by
blood, but he thought of Scott, Jubilee and Kitty as his own children, and
Andrew as a grandchild. He even called him grandpa, but Victor was another
matter. Hed bee in the Brotherhood since Erik had founded it, but over the
years the two men had never formed more than a professional relationship
with each other. His thoughts were interrupted however as Andrew caught his
right leg and pulled Erik until he overbalanced and fell into the cold
His less than graceful journey into the water was met by hearty
laughter from the rest of the group. Erik himself chucked and watched as
Scott, Kitty and Marie fell victim to Andrews antics. Victor made a big
show of resisting, but was eventually taken down by the little water sprite.
Jubilee alone remained untouched and sat on the rocky beach with a smile on
her face. Andrew couldnt swim yet, but he was clearly enjoying himself.
She was thankful that the small group of mutants were so good with her son,
theyd each taken great steps to make his childhood happy in a bad
situation, she looked forward to the arrival of the next addition of the
An hour later and quite a bit wetter, they piled into the trucks
and drove into the area in front of the cabins. After living in such close
quarters everybody was very appreciative for the chance of having his or her
own space. There were plenty of cabins around and it was agreed that Kitty,
Marie, Erik and Victor would have their own places while The Summers took a
slightly larger cabin for their new home. They spread out throughout the
site, but stayed close enough to be within shouting distance.
For Marie it would be the first opportunity to live on her own,
and the Summers wouldnt have to share a bedroom with their son. An inside
joke between them was that theyd perfected the art of silent sex, which was
verified by Jubilees second pregnancy. Victor chose a cabin at the far end
of the field, away from the rest of them. He appreciated them, but he hated
to be confined. Victor had only gone underground because Erik had asked
He knew he could survive on the outside by himself. Radiation,
anthrax, the haunta virus-none of those affected him. But the mutant
massacre was something Victor couldnt avoid forever. He stood out too
easily, and there were only so many places to hide by yourself. With a
group, you always stood a better chance that someone else would die.
A few days later Erik couldnt hide the truth anymore. Marie
had fallen ill the day before with a high fever and fatigue. His decision
was made. Marie was resting in her cabin and Erik knew the window of
opportunity was short. Hed made tough decisions before, but never one that
so greatly affected hiss family. When Mystique had taken ill hed been out
of his mind with grief. Shed died so suddenly, and he hadnt seen the
symptoms before, but with Marie it was a different matter. Marie was the
reminder of his wife, and his greatest creation. The bond between them was
deeper than blood. They had survived the apocalypse, and lived in a
confined space for five years. Losing her now would be too hard, too much
after everything that had already happened.
Come in Victors voice called from inside the room.
Hey Erik, whadda ya want?
Maries sick. Its Legacy. Erik said, point blank.
You want me to heal her? Victor said.
You know youre the only one who can help her.
Erik, we agreed about this already, you want to go back on your
Shed my daughter Victor! Erik said, his voice hard as steel.
Youll recover Victor.
Whats in it for me Erik?
What do you mean? He asked, voice controlled.
I want a reason why. You wouldnt give her to me two years
ago. A man has needs.
Marie wont go for it.
She will if you ask her too. She adores her daddy. Victor
Can we discuss this at a more opportune time? Erik asked
This is very opportune for me Erik.
Erik narrowed his eyes at the leering man. It would be Victor
to pull something like this; he was notoriously patient, but very ruthless.
Lets go. The large man said, leading the way to the door.
Erik nodded thankful that Victor was making this easier, hed
angered him, which made him feel less guilty about what would happen, he
still regretted deeply what would happen, but Marie was his blood. Victor
wasnt, thats all it boiled down too.
The men entered the cabin to find Marie stretched out, sleeping
on the hide-a-bed in her cabin. Does she know? Victor asked.
She guessed, shes a smart girl. Her mother had it. Erik said,
pain evident in his voice.
Victor nodded in agreement, and tried to shake the sleeping
woman awake. Im gonna heal you Marie. He said with uncharacteristic
Erik kept a close watch on the hairy mutant. Use your hand on
hers, it works best that way. He lied.
Hes seen Maries mutation in action once before and he knew
that it made no difference if it was lip to lip or hand to hand. He just
didnt want Victors lips near Maries own. Besides it was easier this way.
Victor took the young womans hand and within seconds he was on his knees
unable to pull away. Erik stepped forward and pushed down on Maries arm
pinning Victor in place. The feral mutant was convulsing and his eyes had
rolled back into his head. Marie had failed to wake from the ordeal, which
proved how far gone she already was from the illness.
When he was sure Victor was dead, Erik removed his daughters
hand from the corpse. He kicked open the back door of the cabin and set to
work. Hed laid a sheet of plastic on the ground and tied the ends up with
rope. An axe and several burlap bags were waiting to be used.
Marie awoke the next day, and much to her surprise she felt
good. Really, really good. No aches, no fever, no fatigue. She stretched
luxuriously, and went out the back door to enjoy the morning view. To her
surprise shed seen a small amount of blood on the ground, puzzled she bent
down to look and was surprised to find several oranges hairs. Had a cat
killed something here? No, that was silly there were no cats for miles
Her heart started thumping as realization kicked in. She had
had Legacy, which stalled for nobody, and yet here she was feeling fine and
dandy. The only cure for the virus was to be immune, and precious few
mutants had that gift, she knew only one. Victor. Victor had orangey hair,
and wasnt vulnerable. She had the only power that could kill him.
Deduction drew to the fact that Marie had killed Victor Creed. The growl in
her head confirmed that.
Chocking back a sob Marie raced around the building and ran to
her fathers house.
Is it true? She whispered.
Yes. Erik said, not caring to insult her intelligence and act
as if he didnt know what she meant.
How could you?
Legacy. It took your mother Marie, you know it almost took
you. Eriks voice shook.
Her fears confirmed she slammed the door and jumped in the
nearest truck. She didnt know how to drive, but she could access Victors
memories and go from there. With a shaky hand she started the truck and
Hours later Marie was over the Canadian border in what had been
Watercrest National Park. Her anger had finally subsided and the tears were
now starting to flow, pretty soon she was almost driving blind and she
swerved off the road. The resounding Thud forced her foot to slam down on
the brake. She parked the car and opened the door afraid of what shed
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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