FIC: X-Book 4: Of Politics..., PG-13, Chpt 10
- X-Book 4 -- Of Politics, Tacos and Other Things that Give You
Chapter Ten: Logan's Thoughts
Rating: PG-13 (violence, language)
Genre: Crossover (with anything I can squeeze in), SPOILERS FOR X2
Summary: See prologue to book 4
Disclaimer: I own nothing in regards to the Marvel characters or
any character from a previously published source portrayed in this
Reviews: Any feedback would be great and is appreciated!
Night was falling over Xavier's School for the Gifted, and a
solitary figure stood by an open window on the second floor,
listening as the dozens of children in the mansion went about their
Logan took a long drag on his cigar. He held the burning smoke in
his lungs for a few moments before expelling it out onto the evening
wind. He watched as the escaping tendrils of smoke curled away from
him and then quickly disappeared. He sniffed once at the outside
air, as if expecting to sense some kind of approaching danger, but
only felt the typical scents of a March evening.
Logan stared out over the lawns, toward the trees, wanting to
believe he understood everything that lie beyond the safety of the
school. However, even after what he had learned of his past during
his time with the X-Men, Logan knew he still had no true answers
about who he had been before Stryker's experiments.
He frowned as he thought back on the previous day's events, and
about his final encounter with William Stryker. The
crazed `general' firing on the last of the mutants he still
controlled...and then turning his gun toward Rogue.
In that moment, Logan had been the Wolverine, all of his inborn
instincts reacting almost involuntarily for one simple need.
Protect his family. Nothing else had mattered. All the answers
that man may have given him lost all importance when the people who
had become the most important to him were threatened.
Then, there was Deathstrike. The Lady. The other like him. Her
own claws tearing through Stryker, her own need for vengeance
fulfilled...for now. Her words lingered with him...she had called
Logan thoughts trailed on to those lost mutants he watched die in
the now destroyed base. Apparently experimentation on mutants had
gone on long before Stryker's time, and Logan knew they would
probably continue now that he was gone.
The SHOP, Systems Operations, Alkalai Lake...the same monsters under
different names. They had invaded this school once, and they very
likely could try again.
Staring out with his keen eyes, Logan saw the first scattered stars
beginning to appear in the sky. He took another thoughtful pull on
his cigar, and did not turn as the soft whirring of Xavier's
wheelchair approached from behind him.
Logan heard the Professor stop close by, and he blew another puff of
smoke from his lips before speaking.
"It was another close call yesterday," Logan said, continuing to
stare out the window.
"I know," Xavier said gravely, "The past few years have created more
dangers for mutants than all my years before. From the time Erik
mobilized the Brotherhood...to these new threats which don't seem to
have a name..."
"But still threats," Logan said firmly, and then turned to look at
Xavier, "Still dangers to these kids."
"Sadly, yes," Xavier replied, "Which makes training sessions for the
students here all the more necessary."
Logan turned back toward the window and snuffed his cigar on the
outer brick wall.
"We're makin' them into soldiers," he said with disgust, "Just like
Stryker was with those other mutants."
Xavier sighed and looked down, "Hopefully...what they learn here
will never need to be used."
Logan looked back at the Professor doubtfully, but then frowned and
folded his arms.
"How much information do we have here about those other places that
did mutant experiments?" he asked.
"Only what scattered data we've collected over the years," Xavier
said and then smiled apologetically, "Most of which you have
gathered for us in your travels."
Logan nodded, "Which wasn't much."
Unfortunately, the Council does not readily interfere with other
powerful organizations," Xavier explained, "Nor would they concern
themselves with scientific studies of mutants. The Council made a
clear division on what was considered a mutant event compared to
what they considered supernatural events."
Logan scoffed, "We're not considered supernatural? Aren't they
calling us homo superior now?"
Xavier grinned, "I'll let you read through some of my case notes
from the Council. You'll see that what one encounters as a Watcher
can rival any army of giant humanoid machines."
"I think I should," Logan said, "And, I'm going back to that
underground base where I found those old videos. Maybe there's
something else there I missed..."
"What do you think you'll find?" Xavier asked with a curious frown.
"What do I think?" Logan said with a smirk, "Don't you just know
what I think?"
"I don't eaves drop unless it's necessary, Logan," Xavier replied
Logan's smile faded, "I just want to know if anyone else is still
doing what Stryker did. If any of those experiments are still
"And if they are?" Xavier asked.
Logan looked out the window again, frowning deeply in though and
"Then they won't be for long."
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