"Building up the Ranks" X2, PG-13, by Wildfire, (Erik, Pyro, Mystique, Others)
- Story: Building up the Ranks
Summary: Magneto decides its time to bring in new recruits and old
allies(Sabretooth and Toad return) the recruits are Wanda Maximoff-
Scarlet Witch and Pietro Maximoff-Quicksilver, and Arkady Rossovich-
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*An abandoned building just on the outskirts of Baltimore*
"Very impressive, Pyro. I must say your skills have been improving
rapidly." Magento was training his latest recruit, Pyro. In other
words, Magneto would use his magnetic abilities, and basically throw
objects in Pyro's direction, Pyro would then burn or melt these
various objects before they could hit him; he would occasionally
miss, John had received various bruises from those times,"All the
more incentive to get it right the first time", thought Erik.
John had become disillusoned by Xavier's vision for peaceful
coexistence, his experience seeing Logan shot right between the eyes
by that stupid cop had been one of the final nails in the coffin. The
final nail was what he did next, letting his rage take over; fire was
flying every which way, burning cars, and attacking, no DEFENDING
himself and his friends from a threat. Of course Rogue hadn't seen it
that way and decided to stop it by touching him.
"All right Pyro, that's enough for now" Erik said, John burning the
last object, just as Mystique returned from Washington, having
changed from Senator Robert Kelly, to a beautiful blonde woman, to
about five other identities on the trip back to throw anyone off. She
hadn't sensed anyone following her but couldn't hurt to be safe. "Are
we prepared?" asked Erik. "I have the locations of the ones you've
expressed interest in, along with our old allies." replied Mystique,
her unique voice moving through the warehouse.
"Pyro, we're going on a trip, well actually various trips. Oh, and do
remember to bring your enhancements", Erik said in John's direction.
The enhancements he was talking about were armbands made to fit under
John's jacket. However, these armbands went all the way up to his
elbow; and contained a good amount of lighter fluid in each, since
John needed a source to start the flames, along with his lighter.
"All right then, Mags. I'm all set where are we off to?", asked
Pyro. "You'll see my boy, you'll see."
*A bar, somewhere in northern British Columbia*
John shivered a little as the three came in from the cold, Mystique
shaped as the blonde woman again to look "normal" and Erik wearing a
simple suit with his hat. The three sat near the bar, Erik
occasionally looking at a hulking mass with long blond hair sitting
in the back.
Some man with one too many under his belt noticed the blond man in
the back, and foolishly decided to pick a fight with him. as the man
moved closer he noticed the other's claws, "Hey mutie, yeah that's
right I'm talking to you, freak!" the alcohol slurring the drunk's
speech. The blond acted as though he had never heard him. Then the
drunk threw a punch, before anyone in the bar could react, the man
was hanging by his neck, several inches off the ground, the mutant
known as Victor Creed aka Sabretooth's clawed hand wrapped around his
throat slowly squeezing the life from him. As Victor turned around
even as people were running in terror of the "monster", there wasn't
a person in the bar who had a doubt that he was enjoying killing this
Magneto clenched his fist slowly and a poker machine in the back of
the bar flew at Sabretooth, freeing the man and knocking Victor to
the ground "That's enough Victor" Erik said strongly. "I have much
bigger prey for you." Sabretooth jumped back up, almost smiling at
his old boss, as well as seeing Mystique, even with her form changed
he knew that scent well.
But then Sabretooth noticed the runt sitting with them, "Who's the
pipsqueak?", he asked. Pyro didn't even answer, he grabbed a mug of
beer sitting on the bar, dousing a table in it; at this Victor got
confused not knowing what he was up to, John then flicked his
lighter, and threw a fireball right at the beer-soaked table,
completely engulfing it in flames, "Call me Pyro, fur-face".
Sabretooth roared, insane with laughter as the four left the bar, "I
think I'm gonna like this kid, Erik."
*A back alley in London*
"No please don't hurt me!" Toad yelled as the three men closed in on
him. "You freak! We should just kill you right now."
Toad started laughing as he jumped into the air, catching all three
of them with kicks from his powerful legs knocking them all out. He
quickly grabbed any money they had on them, and then he heard
clapping coming from the alley. "Very impressive Toad, I see you
haven't lost any of your touch", spoke Erik.
"Well, well; hello old gent! How's my former employeer doing? And you
brought Raven, and Victor, well this is a nice surprise; I wish you
would've called I could've put the tea on!" Toad said laughing.
"How would you like to start working for us again, Mortimer?" asked
Magnus; "Better than sitting around here mugging people. Where we off
*The Romanian countryside*
Pietro Maximoff, Quicksilver at 25 years old was doing what he did
best, run. When he ran nothing on the planet could ever hope to catch
up; he could run to the store just as fast as he could around the
world. He could even run right over water, or straight up a building,
the fastest he had ever been clocked was over 190 mph; his silver
hair, moving just as fast as the rest of him, as he ran circles
around anything that caught his eye.
Pietro's twin sister Wanda, Scarlet Witch people had called her,
because red was almost the only color she ever wore, and her powers
were almost like magic. She threw a hex bolt at her brother, stopping
him in his tracks. "Hey! That's not fair Wanda!" Pietro shouted back
at her, "Well then maybe my darling brother should quit showing off
all the time!" she shouted back. There was no hatred between the two,
they had been close ever since they were adopted by the Maximoffs
after their mother died.
Just then the siblings noticed a small group of people walking
towards them, the man, with grey hair, and blue eyes stuck his hand
out towards Pietro. "Greetings young Maximoffs, I am Erik Lensherr,
these are my allies the Brotherhood of Mutants." The twins looked the
others curiously, "What is you want with us, Mr. Lensherr?" Pietro
asked. "To join us my dear boy" Magneto replied immediately.
"Humans will never accept us willingly it must be forced, a war is
coming and all mutants must pick a side. I hope you choose the right
one", Erik said offering his hand. The twins thought it over for a
moment, both had been persecuted by almost everyone except their
parents, for who they were, they knew he was right, and the others
with this Lensherr looked to be skilled at what they did, better to
be striking than on the defense. Both twins shook his hand. "Just one
more person to pick up now," Magnus said to the others.
*A military base in northern Russia*
Guards were patrolling around the grounds virtually nonstop, then all
at once it went downhill, a huge inferno broke out in the muntions
building, coutresy of Pyro. Any guards that tried to investigate it
were caught in a cyclone from Quicksilver, attacked by Scarlet
Witch's hexbolts, or Sabretooth's claws. Toad and Magneto moved
quickly through the building as Mystique disabled security systems.
Finally with the resistance taken care of, the seven members of the
Brotherhood found what they were looking for: The ultimate living
weapon, Arkady Rossovich aka Omega Red. "Mag, you sure about this?"
Sabretooth asked. "Me, him, and Logan ain't exactly on friendly
terms." "Yes, Victor he's exactly what we need in this battle"
Erik began focusing his magnetic power on the computers keeping Red
frozen solid. Slowly but surely each system was destroyed, slowly
thawing Rossovich from the prison he had been in for almost twenty
years. He recovered amazingly well, found his carbonadium armor,
donned it and released his tentacles, his blond hair and pale white
skin contrasting to his blood red eyes.
"I am Omega Red, what do you require of me comrade?" Arkady said, his
eyes narrowing as he saw Sabretooth. "To join us, we are the
Brotherhood of Mutants, if you fight along side us, you will never be
put in chains of ice ever again", Magneto told him. "If you join us,
Sabretooth and you can't fight, but I know where the other who
imprisoned you is."
"Wolverine! Omega Red is coming for you! I will have my vengenance!"
Omega Red roared as he spoke.