FIC: X-Book 1 New Allies New Enemies, PG-13, Chpt 27
- X-Book 1: New Allies New Enemies - Chapter 27 - More Questions Than
Summary: (See Book 1: Prologue)
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Professor Charles Xavier was sitting on the back balcony of his
office, so deep in thought he barely moved as Logan walked up next
to him and leaned against one waist-high stone railing. Xavier was
leaning his head against his right hand, two fingers touching his
temple and his jaw resting against his palm.
Logan folded his arms and waited patiently for Xavier to acknowledge
him. The few silent moments that passed before Xavier spoke did not
offend Logan. The Professor, he knew, was well aware of the
presence in the room, but Logan also knew the man would speak when
he was ready, and not before.
There was obviously a great deal troubling the Professor, and Logan
figured it had something to do with the visitor this afternoon.
Logan could still detect the scent of the other man, who had been
wearing expensive cologne that did not entirely disguise the scent
of emotions beneath it a mixture of contempt and fear.
Unfortunately, what Logan had to discuss with the Professor was not
about to ease Xavier's mind.
"What did you find on the tape?" Xavier finally said, without
"We're not sure " Logan began, staring out over the
mansion's grounds, "It was definitely video of some kind of
experiments, but there's no way to tell what exactly they were
Xavier nodded thoughtfully, "Were there twelve? In the
experiment, I mean "
"Yes," Logan relied, "Footage must be almost fifty years
old from the way they're dressed "
"They were given injections?" Xavier asked.
"Yes," Logan replied, "And it doesn't look like they
reacted too well with whatever they were stuck with "
Xavier nodded, and Logan waited for the next question. He had
learned quickly that Xavier's questions typically contained the
"And " the Professor said, "Could you understand
anything Dr. Wanless was saying?"
"Dr. Wanless?" Logan asked, and Xavier turned his chair to
look at him. Answers in the questions
"You mean the guy who did the introduction " Logan said,
"Yeah, some of it. Definitely talking about `lot'
something but the audio was pretty much gone. You know about that
Xavier sighed, and rubbed his temple.
"Yes unfortunately," he replied, and looked up at Logan,
"Remember what I was saying about the young woman who could start
fires? Her parents were two of the twelve subjects of Dr. Wanless
on that tape. I actually had met Wanless in my youth. He was a
well-known expert of pituitary gland development, and in my early
studies of mutants, I referenced him often since the development of
the pituitary gland in adolescence is linked to the appearance to
mutant abilities. The Doctor was, of course, also well aware of this
"So, he was making mutants " Logan said.
"I think he was trying to make a god " Xavier said darkly,
and Logan frowned until the Professor continued, "He came under
the influence of some very powerful individuals he went quite
"But, they let him continue his work " Logan said, "As
long as they liked what he was doin' "
"And that changed with Charlene McGee " Xavier explained,
"That's the name of the young woman Erik and I met all those
years ago. After she destroyed the place where they were continuing
Wanless's work I suppose she decided her own work was
finished. She was able to disappear. She didn't have anyone
else to run from "
"She might have someone now " Logan said and then added
darkly, "If whoever made those claw marks I found is working for
those SHOP guys or Systems Operations guys or other men like
"I don't think they would try again," Xavier said,
"At least not with Charlene McGee. It's been almost
twenty-five years Stryker knew better than to look for her "
"That still leaves the people who built the base I found in
Colorado, right?" Logan said, and Xavier looked up at him
"Not if Stryker's men and the SHOP had become one in the
same " Xavier said, "Do you think two groups like that can
survive without eventually trying to destroy each other? Instead of
working against the SHOP, Stryker made it his own nearly twenty
years ago when Stryker started looking for a `cure' for
his mutant son."
Logan stared at the Professor, taking in all Xavier was saying. The
SHOP had existed for over fifty years. In that time, the power had
shifted until it landed in Stryker's hands. But Logan had
seen Stryker bound in chains before the flood at Alkalai Lake.
Logan had left him there to die who could now be carrying on his
"Stryker's dead " Logan said with finality, "So then
who would be looking for evidence of those early experiments?"
Xavier looked up at Logan darkly, "Magneto."
Logan frowned, "But, why?"
Steepling his hands thoughtfully, Xavier sighed. It was obvious
that he had been weighing every other possibility but had reached
the same conclusion each time.
"It's been eight months since Alkalai Lake, Logan,"
Xavier said, "Eight months since he was freed from Stryker's
tyranny. It took him nearly a decade to forge his first attack on
humanity however, I fear his patience has lessened as of late.
He is searching, gathering others to his cause rebuilding his
"And you think he might be tryin' to recruit this
`firestarter' you met?" Logan asked, and Xavier frowned.
"Perhaps," he said, "However, I doubt he would be able to
find her by his usual means. I fear he may try to draw her out "
"How?" Logan asked, intensely, and Xavier met his hard gaze
"By finding her children."
Logan stared at the Professor a moment with surprise. Xavier
lowered his eyes apologetically, and sighed.
"I didn't mention it before," Xavier said,
"But when Erik and I met her, she had been pregnant. Erik
didn't know, of course, until I told him later, but I could
sense the lives she carried inside of her. She was heading south,
from Chicago, but I doubt she knew where she was going and I don't
know where she finally settled. Neither does Magneto, but given the
destructiveness of her gifts, I cannot think of a more powerful
"And if her kids are mutants why not find the whole family,
right?" Logan growled sarcastically, "You think she might
have hidden her kids too?"
Xavier shook his head, "No, she didn't. I have known of
their existence for two decades. Their father came from a strong
family, who had very strong ties to the very same group which Erik
Lensherr abandoned long ago."
"That `watch group' you belonged to " Logan said and
"Shortly before my own departure from the Council," Xavier
explained, "We were made aware of their birth, and the Council
was sure to keep a close watch on them, both together and apart
from each other."
Logan frowned, "So that was the guy from England, huh? One of
these `watchers'? Was he here about McGee's kids?"
Xavier's expression changed and he shook his head.
"No strangely, no," he said, "He was actually here
about our new student, Mary. It seems she has also been watched
by the Council for some time, though for what reason, I could not
draw from Travers."
Logan nodded, "Guess that means we should keep an extra eye on
Xavier smiled, "As long as she needs our help, we will do what we
can for her. In the meantime, I think I will locate Charlene's
children again with Cerebro. If Magneto does interfere with them, I
want to be there to stop him."
"No argument here," Logan said, "I'm really not
interested in Magneto having a living human bomb working for
Logan suddenly paused, a thoughtful crease forming on his brow, and
a new thought dawning on him.
"What about Pyro?" he asked quickly, "You don't think
he's McGee's kid, do you?"
Xavier shook his head, "No, John was is too young. Her
children would be at least twenty-two or twenty-three. But you do
pose an interesting point. After all, who better to teach John
Allerdyce about his ability to manipulate fire than the
`firestarter' herself "
"Shit " Logan said, "Guess that's why he's got a
sudden interest after all these years. His `Brotherhood' was
more brawn than brains. Now he's gotta deal with a teenage kid
packin' a fucking flamethrower "
Xavier nodded, "Indeed. Please find Storm and Scott and bring
them here. We're going to need to organize what our next steps
will be. Call Rogue and Bobby as well. As of now, these will only
be preliminary actions. We have many theories, but may not have any
surety of the situation until some action is taken whether by the
SHOP or by Magneto."
"Or by your Council " Logan added and Xavier sighed.
"The Watchers' Council has existed for centuries longer than
any other threat we may be presented with," Xavier said,
"They, however, are less interested in mutants than their own
internal affairs. I may have disrupted a watch by bringing Mary
Sloane here, but I doubt they will take action. They can, after
all, watch her as easily here as in Arizona."
"But, now they know you're watchin' her too," Logan
said with a sarcastic grin, "I'm sure that'll piss a few
of them off."
Xavier nodded, but did not return his grin, "You may be
But I hope you're wrong, he finished in private thought.
The Council had more effective means than guns or bombs to rid
themselves of their problems, and Xavier wondered if Travers would
ever be able to convince the Council to use them against a school
filled with innocents.
Logan left to gather the others, and left Xavier alone again with
So much had happened so quickly he again wished he could speak to
Jean. But, that was not an option.
So, Magneto may be looking for the firestarter.
The Council of Watchers had threatened him about keeping a student
in his school.
And Cerebro is detecting more mutants powerful mutants every
<<Around the world, people fell to their knees in pain >>
Xavier again massaged his temple with his right hand, and thought
sadly on his troubled world
To be continued
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