Title: X-Book 1: New Allies, New Enemies
Genre: Crossover, SPOILERS FOR X2
Summary: Eight months after the events of X2, the X-Men are faced
with the challenges of their wounded world. New mutants are
arriving at the school, and new enemies make their presence known.
Introduces Gambit and Beast, and includes all those featured in the
first two X-Men movies. Mutliple crossover characters from a few
Disclaimer: I own nothing in regards to the Marvel characters or
any character from a previously published source portrayed in this
Along a mountain's edge, in a vast stretch of Arizona
desert, a lone figure stood silently in the darkness. She had come
out here early to watch the sun rise. Dawn was always her favorite
time of day, and she could hear the song of the sun as its light
touched the dark landscape.
The wind blew in strong gusts against her face but she did
not turn away or close her eyes to the new morning. She was
listening, awaiting the message that would soon come.
Her name was Mary, and she was a woman apart.
Apart from her family, apart from her tribe, apart from the
rest of the world. She was a child of this land, her mother being a
descendent of the first human beings to live among these hills, but
her loyalty and love of the earth and its creatures extended far
past the Reservation's borders. Something drove her to look
further and this set her apart.
Her mother had died many years before, but had left her with
an understanding of the land. They would often listen together to
the earth, and learn its joys and pains. And, always when they were
listening, her mother would be holding onto the cross of her faith,
her connection to the next world as much as Mary was her connection
to this one.
They had been happy, their little family completed with her
father and grandmother, but Mary had always felt she was different
from them. She was their daughter, and they loved her, but at
times, she felt as if she belonged more to the heavens than the
After her parents died and her grandmother had grown ill,
Mary's fascination with the other world had waned, her interests
moving quickly to other things, as a child's will. She had been
only eleven when the angels found her, but it would be another ten
years before she truly understood how she was different, how she was
Now, listening to the dawn, she waited for the voices of the
dawn to speak.
Something was wrong, she could feel it in her mind
the wind whispered, Mary
She did not respond, simply listened for the words. The air
began to stir, and shadows rolled over the morning sky. The light
of the dawn became hidden, but Mary could still feel its light
beyond the dark clouds.
Help them...they need you
they're crying out
everyone is suffering
there is so much hate
He does not know what he's doing
The time is coming
One will fall
and rise again
Mary gasped out of the vision, her sight suddenly filled
with an endless flame. It swooped, dropping once to the earth
before exploding again into the sky.
She will destroy them all
As the last words of the vision faded away, Mary fell to her
knees in pain. She clutched her head, and realized it was not her
own pain she was feeling. It was the cries of others. Cries of the
After a moment, the pain passed, and before Mary could get
to her feet, a second wave hit her harder than the first. Still,
she felt no pain of her own, but sensed the pain of the rest of the
world. It was different this time, but she could not say why. She
simply listened to the suffering of millions
something caused it to stop abruptly.
Charles woke up, she though then, having no idea who Charles
was, He didn't know what he was doing
but she will
Mary clenched her fists in frustration and ground them into
the rough soil.
What did it mean? Why would she have felt the suffering of
others? The vision had not been clear, and she listened for some
explanation, but received nothing.
Standing slowly, she dusted the dirt off of her jeans and
sighed as she walked back to her car. She sat inside for a moment
silently before starting the engine. She would have to meditate on
the vision tonight. She just wished they would have shown her a
As she drove away, she absently turned on the radio, and was
startled to hear the harsh ringing of the Emergency Broadcast
signal. She pulled over quickly and waited to hear what was
happening. The thoughts of her vision gave way to more immediate
concerns as a voice suddenly broke in over the harsh signal.
"This is the National Emergency Broadcast System," a
voice said calmly, "This is not a test. Repeat, this is not a
Could there have been an earthquake? She wondered, digging
in her bag for her cell phone, I hope there's nothing wrong at
the dam. I'll call Eli in town, he'll know
"Due to the sudden and unexplained phenomenon that
incapacitated much of the country just a few minutes ago, all state
and government offices have declared a state of emergency. I
repeat, due to the sudden attacks that seem to have affected most of
the population, the United States of America has been placed on high
alert. Officials are insisting that everyone stay in their homes
until the source of the attacks is identified
Mary sat in cold silence as she listened to the man's urgent
Attacks? she thought, with a shiver, remembering the pain
she had heard less than ten minutes before, But, it was a vision,
they're never real
She will destroy them all
The voice rang clearly in her head. She had not heard a
calling so clear since
since the angels had spoken to her.
Ten years earlier, the angels had come to her town looking
for something, something she had been given to hide, and their
voices had rung in her mind like songs. Now, the songs had changed
"It wasn't a vision," she said finally, "It
wasn't a vision
at all, was it?"
Without another thought, she slammed her car into gear and
drove quickly into town. Whatever had happened to the world, she
had felt it, watched it happened.
But, for some reason...it had not happened to her.