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Believe in me because I dont believe in anything
and I want to be someone to believe
Marie walked to the front of the truck and examined the grill.
Whatever shed hit had been heavy. She saw nothing in front of the truck,
and guessed that the animal had flown off the side of the road. Twenty feet
to the right lay a boot. Frowning Marie walked towards the object and
discovered shed hit a man. Shock overwhelmed her chased swiftly by irony.
On a road where she hadnt seen so much as another car, shed managed to hit
By the looks of things he was dead. Still, if he was simply
knocked out she couldnt leave him there. Marie returned to the truck and
opened the rear door, she retrieved the body and a thanks to Victors
strength was able to haul it and effortlessly place it in the backseat of
the truck. For good measure, she strapped the two shoulder belts, and
middle belt around his prone form. Marie started up the truck again and
turned it around towards Montana.
A few hours later she heard grunting from the back of the truck
and once again pulled the truck over. Unbuckling the seatbelt she turned
around to face the source of the noise. The grunts had turned into what
sounded more like growls and soon she found herself in a tight chokehold.
She grabbed the arm around her neck and fought to extract it from her body,
he squeezed tighter and Marie realized he had to be a mutant. An ordinary
human would never have such a tight grip.
Eventually he let go and she gasped for breath. She saw him go
for the door so she hit the power locks. Dont go. She said in a hoarse
Youre one of them. He snarled.
One of who? She asked, confusion etched on her face.
Dont fuck with me kid.
My names Marie. If youre going to yell at me, Id prefer you
to use my name. She said with a hint of bite in her voice.
It seemed to shock him into silence. She saw his eyes glance
over here with a closed expression before he finally relaxed. Logan.
Nice to meet you Logan, even though you tried to choke me.
You hit me with your truck. Logan shot back.
Fair enough. Im sorry.
Youre strong. Logan answered in a low voice.
Yeah I know. Marie said not meeting his eyes.
And youre inquisitive. She snapped.
Look, Marie, he said stressing her name I dont have time for
this shit. Let me out.
No. You could be seriously hurt. Were not that far away now
from where I live. Just get checked out and then you could leave if you
How many people are there?
They your family?
They as friendly as you?
Marie laughed at that. Im sorry, Ive just got a lot on my
mind at the moment. I dont usually lash out at strange men. Or hit them
with my truck.
The DMV should take away your license.
I dont have one. That was my first time driving. Marie
Logans eyes narrowed. Awfully good for a first timer,
accidents aside. Theres something youre not saying.
I- what was she going to say? That shed had the legacy
virus and her father had sacrificed another mutant to saver her? That shed
taken a life through her own skin?
Youre a mutant.
I am. So are you. She answered softly.
So, you still want to take me to your place?
Yeah. You can hop in the front if you want to. Marie said and
started her truck again.
Logan took the invitation and jumped into the front seat. Hed
only met Marie, but there was something about her that was instantly
Who are they? Marie turned and asked.
Logans face became guarded again. Its complicated, he said
mimicking her earlier answer.
Marie just nodded. They each had a past they didnt want to
discuss at the moment, it was something she respected.
Ever been to Glacier? She asked changing the subject.
No, but Ive been to the Canadian part of it.
Are you from Canada?
I dont know. Again his tone was clipped.
Avoiding things about his past whatsoever seemed like a good
idea. The pair dropped into silence each thinking about the other. It had
been a weird meeting; two murder attempts and some clipped conversation but
neither felt particularly ill at ease. There are plenty of cabins, youll
be able to use one for as long as you stay. Marie broke the silence.
How close are we?
She inclined her head towards the sign that remained standing
and read 10 miles.
Meanwhile in Apgar Erik himself had taken ill and lie sweating
in his bed. Hed felt a little off color since the day Marie had become
sick and now he didnt need a test to tell him what he had. He didnt mind
dying, hed lived an exciting life and his last wish was to make things
right with Marie.
What hed done had been wrong to her, but right to him. She was
young and didnt deserve to die like that, she was also a better person that
Victor. Marie was kind, sweet and predominantly good whereas Victor was
rough, crude and inherently wicked. He knew hed made the right choice,
even if his daughter hated him for it. But hed been desperate, and loathe
as he was to admit it, Erik would have even used Jubilee if it would have
Sacrifice and calculation had always been shrewd tools for him
and more than once hed mad a decision based on feelings rather than ethics.
He only hoped his moral daughter would one day realize that there were two
sides to every decision and both had pros and cons to them. The rage she
had directed at him he had seen only once before when she was 14. The
mutant registration act had been passed and Marie had come home from school
Mystique and Erik had anticipated her coming home early and for
her to be upset. The tirade that had erupted was something they hadnt
expected. They did it, those fuckers did it!
Marie, language. Mystique had lightly admonished.
Why am I different mom? Why cant I go to school anymore?
You have the genes Marie. We discussed this before. Erik
broke in quietly.
But Im not even a mutant yet! I dont have powers so why do I
have to be treated differently!
Erik and Mystique had simply looked at one another their hearts
breaking as Maries concept of the world was altered.
You did this too me. You did this and I hate you! Shed
shouted trembling in rage.
I hate you! She screamed before shrieking in pain and
When theyd gone to pick her body up Mystique gasped in pain as
her face broke out in webs that mirrored the ones on Maries face. Erik
pulled his wife away from his daughter and the two wept over their
unconscious daughter. Neither needed to guess what had happened to her.
Dad, I brought someone who needs to see you. Marie spoke into
Dont right now. Im too angry.
Ive got it Marie. Im dying.
Ill bring him in. He heals.
How do you know? Logan asked from behind her.
I hit you with a truck and youre not dead. Anyone could guess
you have some healing ability. She retorted.
Very well. Help an old man up then and well take a look at
you. Erik said.
Ill come back later. Marie said and walked down to the lake.
She was too numb to realize that night had set in and the air
had grown cold. Marie didnt hear the sound of footsteps on the dock and
barely looked up when her father settled down beside her. I put Logan into
the cabin next to yours.
She nodded before throwing her arms around him. The damn inside
her finally broke and she burrowed into Eriks side shaking with emotion and
crying for all that had been lost. Erik held her and shed his tears of his
own on the dock of Lake McDonald.
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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