FIC: X-Book 2 Shadows and Steel, PG-13, Chpt 11
- Title: X-Book 2: Shadows and Steel - Chapter 11: Interlude X con't
Rating: PG-13 (violence, language)
Genre: Crossover, SPOILERS FOR X2
Summary: See Chpt 1
Disclaimer: I own nothing in regards to the Marvel characters or
any character from a previously published source portrayed in this
Interlude X contintued:
Xavier turned and greeted the training X-Men warmly as they entered
the observation room.
Rogue went quickly to Bobby, but paused by Remy first and smiled.
"Good job today, Gambit," she said and then her eyes flashed
with amusement, "Guess you finally found the right ammo, huh?"
"I guess you could say that, chére," Remy agreed and
thumbed through the remains of his cards sadly, "I only hope this
school has the budget for another fifty-two."
"I think " Xavier began, smiling pleasantly as he
approached, " that can be arranged."
Remy gave the Professor a meaningful, but tired salute with his
first two fingers and nodded appreciatively.
Storm entered the room next, followed by Scott, and they both walked
over to where Mary was standing. Storm smiled and looked at the
younger woman curiously.
"So, what did you think?" she asked.
"It was incredible," Mary said with quiet astonishment,
"I know I say this a lot but I really had no idea mutants
could be that powerful. Kinda makes my power seem a little under
"No," Storm shook her head, "Don't think that not
"Our powers may be externally oriented," Scott added,
"But no more is happening inside of us than inside of you."
Mary chuckled, "I believe that. Watching you guys that's
actually what I feel like on the inside during a vision.
Attacked out of control."
Storm and Scott nodded in understanding, but not pity. Never pity.
They were all mutants after all, different but the same.
Xavier glanced at his watch and sighed.
"Well," he said, addressing all of them, "It's about
time for breakfast. Why don't we all freshen up and head
Following his lead, they began to head out. Rogue waited for Mary
"This should be fun for you," she said, "Pancake
Bobby chuckled from behind them, "If you call that fun "
Rogue glanced back with mock astonishment, "You don't think
making hundreds of pancakes and ending up covered in batter is
"I think the eating is fun," Bobby said to their right,
"Now the cleaning, that's when the real work begins "
Rogue laughed again, as they walked on, but Mary had paused and
trailed behind. Her eyes suddenly widened, and she felt the room
spinning around her.
"Oh, no " she said aloud, and Kurt looked back when she
"Mary?" he asked with concern, "Are you alright?"
Mary met his eyes and shook her head quickly, "No "
She collapsed forward and heard Kurt shouting for the Professor as
he caught her.
Time for our work to begin
They are already flying over the Atlantic
They have all come he knows they will all be needed
The man in the maroon cape she can see him now
He is sitting behind the pilot's seat...
savoring the metallic taste on his tongue
They are moving west
There is fire in the west
There is fire in the north, more dangerous..
They do not know what else is coming
They do not know the general lived
They do not know they are being watched
not all looking for the same reason
but they will all see
Mary gasped and sat up, her eyes filled with terror. The last
vision had passed and she suppressed a scream. Dark, impossibly
tall beings moving and searching, finding and taking
"Mary," the Professor said softly, and the voice drew her
back. She was still sitting on the floor of the observation room.
Mary met his gaze firmly, ignoring the other worried glances around
her. This one had been quick, she knew, or else she would have been
in the infirmary again.
"There's fire, Professor," she said, "He's
looking for her he's looking for them "
Xavier's face became grave, "Who is, Mary?"
"There's a man, something like steel, in red wearing a
helmet " she said, frowning to remember the details of the
vision. Around her, the X-Men exchanged quick, knowing glances.
"He's heading west and he's not alone," Mary
finished and Xavier sighed. He glanced up at Scott, Cyclops, and
his face became like stone.
"Ready the jet," he said to his X-Men, "I fear we may
be meeting Magneto again."
Mary blinked and frowned in confusion at Xavier as Cyclops, with
Storm and Wolverine headed towards the exit. They had been
expecting this, they had just been waiting for the Brotherhood's
"Who is that?" she asked and he looked at her with an odd
"The man you saw a very dangerous man " Xavier replied.
Mary frowned, "The man with the cape the general?"
Xavier nodded, missing Mary's last word in his current focus,
"How many others were with him?"
"I don't know " she replied honestly, "More, but I
couldn't give you a number."
"Very well " he said, and glanced quickly to the three
X-Men, "Take Bobby with you. We can't be sure how many of
the Brotherhood returned to him."
Remy stepped forward and frowned, "Would I be any help,
Professor? I know you're all going off to stop the bad guys or
whatever you do, maybe I can just be like a back up or something.
The guy in the getaway car, you know?"
Xavier seemed to weight this option heavily, and then inquired to
his team, "Storm Cyclops ?"
"We could use the extra fire power," Cyclops said and Logan
"We're wasting time," he growled, "No offence, bub,
but you're kind of a rookie."
"He did back me up pretty good in the Room, though" Bobby
replied, and Logan started to disagree again.
"This will be dangerous, you do understand that, Mr. LeBeau,"
Xavier said evenly, "You have seen what we have been preparing
for with our training Magneto is more powerful than most mutants
you have seen. I leave the choice then, to yourself and the team."
Remy frowned in thought for a moment and then shrugged. He glanced
at Rogue and Mary and grinned.
"I guess I could always stay and look after the women " he
Bobby and Logan wore identical expressions of exaggerated horror and
spoke at the same time.
"He's coming with us."
Xavier nodded, "Very well. I will lock onto the
Brotherhood's coordinates with Cerebro and send them on to you in
the jet. Begin by heading west toward Chicago."
Logan leveled a long look at Xavier and nodded before heading out
with the other X-Men.
"Kurt," Xavier said and the German mutant looked at him
worriedly, "Let's get Mary to the medical bay. Rogue,
let's go to Cerebro."
After about an hour in the medical bay, Mary headed upstairs with
Rogue. She felt confused and lost again. They had seemed hesitant
to give her many details about the vision, and Mary felt as if she
was missing something.
"So," she said, "This general he's recruiting
mutants, too? But, why?"
"We don't know if he is or isn't," Rogue said,
"That helmet he wears makes it impossible for the Professor to
read his mind so we don't know what he's planning until he
"Oh," Mary said, still frowning. They had heard the noise of
the X-Jet as it left the compound only a few minutes after the team
had left the observation room, and the mansion felt eerily empty.
"And this general is the same guy to attacked Liberty Island a few
years ago?" Mary asked and Rogue paused a moment before she
"And, after he escaped from prison " Rogue explained in a
strangely monotone voice, "He found us at Alkalai Lake we
were going there to find the Professor "
"Alkalai Lake?" Mary asked, the very words stirring a chill
in her heart she could not explain.
Rogue nodded, "It was a hidden base run by General Stryker.
He did terrible things to mutants there "
"General Stryker?" Mary asked, more confused than ever,
"So Magneto and the general aren't the same person?"
Rogue frowned and glanced at Mary, "No why did you think
"Because," Mary explained, "If the man in the cape is this
Magneto then he isn't the one who is the danger "
"What?" Rogue said, her eyes widening, "What are you
"The General is the danger," Mary said, "Magneto's
looking for someone but someone else is looking for him "
For a moment, Rogue only stared at her. The General? Looking for
Magneto? How could it be him ?
"It it can't be Stryker " Rogue stammered,
"He's dead. We know he's dead."
Mary shrugged and shook her head, "I don't know his name. I
thought he was the man the Professor was talking about but there
are two men and the man in the helmet was not the most dangerous
Rogue felt frozen, sick, unable to move. Magneto was flying west
and now so was her friends her family and the danger was not
what any of them expected
"Professor " she said softly and Mary frowned. Rogue's
eyes became wide and fearful. There was a terror there which Mary
did not recognize, but understood the same terror she felt in the
"I have to tell the Professor!" Rogue shouted and ran towards
"Wait!" Mary called after her, "Wait there's
more! There's something else coming!"
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