What Plaited Cunning Hides (Whats Past is Prologue
Arent you going to tell me about him?
Ezra, mon petit, pas ici. Sorry, tell you about who,
The guy you spent the night with.
Nothing to tell. Some trick. Here on business.
You must have liked him. You stayed the whole
He was okay. Nice enough. I wont see him again.
You didnt even exchange numbers? April, honey,
would you get Ezras ball back for him?
No, he asked, but I made some excuse.
I dont want to see him again. I dont want to see
anybody again. Im not looking for a relationship.
Besides, he doesnt even live here.
Where does he live?
DC. And hes a reporter. A friend of Jake
Pattersons, as it turns out. The whole thing was
starting to feel... I dont know, incestuous or
Does he know Adam?
I dont know. I didnt want to know. I didnt tell
him Adams name. Merde!
Do we have to talk about Adam?
Im sorry. I didnt mean to bring him up.
You didnt. Im not mad at you Im mad at me. I
didnt tell this guy Rick Adams name, but I
talked about Adam to him. I told him my ex is a
reporter. And just about choked on saying ex when I
Im sorry, sweetie.
Thanks. I did stay the night, but I thought about
Adam pretty much the whole night even when I was
doing it with Rick. Cant I go a day without
thinking, talking, *obsessing* about Adam Greenfield?
Im sure hes not spending his time dwelling on where
we went wrong. Why should I?
This is so hard, isnt it?
Oui. I hate myself when Im like this.
Is there no hope? No chance youll get back
Doesnt seem likely, does it? Im here with you and
hes in San Francisco getting fucked by Jake
Patterson. Couldnt wait until next week when Ezras
supposed to be with me. Just dumps him on me with a
quick thanks for covering for me, tells Ezra hell
call him every day, and hes off.
What makes you think hes with Jake?
Oh, come on Wendy. You didnt believe that secret
mission story, did you?
Yeah, I do. I dont know what hes doing, but
whatever it is, Adams doing it for Scott. For the
X-Men. I totally believe it. He told me he couldnt
talk about it, but he was absolutely serious about its
importance. Scott didnt say anything to you about
it? Youre with him enough these days.
No, he didnt say anything. And youre right -
Cyclops has me in his office all the time. Hes been
giving me assignments, talking about whats going on
with the X-Men. Ive been in on all the team meetings
and there hasnt been a single mention of this
supposed mission of Adams. Dont you think thats
Yeah, but not the way youre thinking. It makes me
wonder what Cyclops is sending Adam to do that he
doesnt want the rest of the team to know.
Jean-Paul, Im not saying Adam hasnt made mistakes.
I could just shake him for not at least *trying* to
work it out with you.
He says he hasnt decided yet. He says he still
loves me, but hes scared we cant make a go of it.
He doesnt know what to do.
I believe that. But the longer he waits the harder
it will be. Hes deciding by indecision, and I hate
And I just know you two are meant to be together.
Im not too thrilled with Adam these days. But one
thing he isnt is a liar. If he were running off to
Jakes he might tell you that, or not. He might demur
when you asked where hes going, but he wouldnt make
up something like this. If Adam says hes on an X-Men
mission, thats what hes doing, even if Scott isnt
telling what it is. Im sure of it.
Hi! I was just thinking about you. I figured Id
wait until later to call, until Ezras in bed. Are
you all settled back in DC?
No, change of plans. Im not in DC.
Still in Westchester? Is Jean-Paul there, too?
Hes there. So is Ezra, but Im not. Im in
About 80 miles from Chicago. Its where Scott
Summers grew up.
Dont tell me youre investigating him, too!
Yeah, but its not what you think. The Herald didnt
send me here. Scott did.
He wants me to do my own investigation, so he can be
prepared for whatever Rick Kapell finds.
You told him about Rick? How did he react?
I didnt get a chance to tell him. He already knew
all about Rick investigating him. Sounds like Rick
called half the X-Men, as well as a bunch of other
people Scott knows.
Wow! So did Scott tell you what the skeletons in his
No, he didnt tell me anything, just that he wants me
to see what I can find and report back. He said he
wasnt going to give me any information, so Id be on
even footing with Rick. But of course Im not,
Right. You knew to go to Dumbfuck, Iowa.
Goodland, Indiana, but close enough. Yeah, I already
knew where hes from. I dont think Rick will. In
fact, I think Ricks probably in Peru.
Peru? Why Peru?
Jake, this is all confidential. You understand? You
cant tell anybody any of this, particularly not Rick
Of course I wont. You can trust me.
I know. I just thought I should say it. Anyway, why
Peru? Not the country. Peru, Vermont. Charles
Xavier had a ski house there. Scotts passport lists
Vermont as his birth place. I checked vital records
in Peru. Hes got a birth certificate that says he
was born there, child of Charles Xavier and a Maria
Summers. She never existed, as far as I can tell.
Its a complete fake, but a really good one. It looks
like Charles went to a lot of trouble to give Scott a
Which makes you wonder what was so bad about the old
Exactly. Well, one thing about the fake birth
certificate it seems to have used his real birthday.
At any rate, one Christopher Scott Summers, Jr. was
born on May 14, 1978, here in Indiana. And thats the
same day that Scott Xavier Summers was supposedly born
at home in Peru. You want to bet that Junior went by
his middle name?
I wont take that bet. So, what are you going to do
Nothing tonight. Well, except call Marv and make
some more excuses for why Im not back at work.
Although I did send him the NIH piece, so maybe hell
just yell at me about whatever he thinks is wrong with
it. That might distract him from yelling at me for
being out in the middle of nowhere when Im supposed
to be back in DC.
I bet therell be nothing to yell at you about.
Thats the problem I think its pretty good. I
should have written a piece of crap to distract him.
Oh well. Ill call him soon.
Where are you staying?
Some motel. But I dont know how long Ill be here.
Just call me on my cell.
I miss you. I want to be with you.
Ill see you next week... I miss you, too. Last
weekend was great. Particularly that last time,
Sunday morning. I can almost feel it again, just
thinking about it.
I can see your face if I close my eyes. I bet youre
getting that kind of glassy look in your eyes you have
when I fuck you. That sort of unfocussed look it
makes me hard just thinking about it.
Im glad you think its hot, but Im afraid its just
myopia. Thats okay, laugh at my infirmity. I dont
mind... Hey, Jake I ended up with one of your
sweaters. Sorry. It was an accident.
Thats fine. Must mean you want to come back. Which
Navy blue cashmere pullover. Its just like one of
mine, except mines charcoal grey. I think I must
have packed in low light or something, and mixed them
I dont have a sweater like that. I know yours I
was scheming to borrow it. I love cashmere. But I
was sure you packed it.
Well, I dont know where it is then. Or where this
one came from. Oh well, a mystery. I think Ill work
on my main mystery instead. First thing tomorrow, Im
going to visit Christopher and Katherine Summers and
see if I can find out what they think became of their
Jean, I know you wanted to talk to all three of us
together, but Adams on a mission right now, so its
just Jean-Paul and me.
Yes, Scott told me hed sent him on one. Well, we
can fill him in when he gets back. Ive tested both
boys. You understand how the X-gene testing works?
Pas moi. Anjuli read your paper and tried to explain
it to me, but it kind of went in one ear and out the
other. It doesnt matter. I dont need to know how
it works. I trust you that it does, Jean, and thats
enough for me.
Well, I really do think it works. Or at least I did.
The theorys sound and Ive gotten consistent
results. Ive tested everyone here at Xaviers
including non-mutant staff and all the people at the
Outpost, too. I can reliably tell whos a mutant and
who isnt. I thought it worked even before
manifesting. It *should* its not dependent on the
Yes, that was quite clear in the paper. Im really
glad of this technique, Jean. Im counting on it to
confirm what seems to be happening - that Hanks a
mutant and coming into his powers. And Jean-Paul and
Adam want to know about Ezra, too.
Yes, well I was hoping Id be able to give you that
information. But now Im not so sure.
Ive tested repeatedly and I always get the same
results. What Im seeing is indication that Ezras a
mutant, but Hank isnt.
Yeah, I dont know what to make of that. Its Hank
who appears to be manifesting, and so early. At first
I thought I just mixed up my samples. But Ive
repeated the tests; Ive had my assistants do them for
me... Im getting the same results each time. I
dont know what other explanation there is for Hanks
skin color changing to blue and back all the time, but
if Im right that this method works its not a
Hi, stranger. Do you feel like flying? We could
head over to Bear Mountain. Go for a swim in the lake
Um. Maybe later. Im meeting RoseAnn in a few
minutes. Im sorry.
Far be it from me to stand in the way of young love.
Ill catch you later.
Uh, Warren? Do you have a minute?
Sure. Whats up?
Well, its about RoseAnn and me... You know what I
said to you about me being a virgin?
Youre not anymore? Way to go.
No, I still am. We havent... we might... Its
just, well, neither of us ever did it before.
Everybody has to have a first time.
Im just worried... I dont know, worried that I
wont do it right or something. Could you... I dont
know... just tell me what its like?
Hey. Im glad to find you alone.
Well, just for a couple of minutes. Ive got
Jean-Paul coming for a meeting at 2:00.
Whats going on?
Assorted X-Men stuff. And Im still trying to talk
him into teaching.
Havent you convinced him yet?
Hes insecure about his lack of formal education.
Im trying to help him get over that. And talking to
him about going back to school himself.
And you need this much time alone with him? Youre
starting to smell like him, Cyclops.
Logan, dont start this. You know theres nothing
going on between Northstar and me.
I dont know that. I know theres next to nothing
going on between you and me. Nothing at all if I
dont push you to. I figure youre getting it
Im not doing it with anybody else. Believe me or
not its the truth.
How come you and Northstar were both out all night
the other night?
I was on a mission. With Nightcrawler and Storm, for
chrissakes! You know that. I have no idea where
Jean-Paul was. I dont monitor his activities when
hes not working.
I know you. Youre not like this. You dont like
Im not feeling exactly like myself lately.
Scott, hes dead. You dont have to live your life
by what he wanted you to do.
What are you talking about?
You think just because he didnt like me and you
being together youve got to find someone hed approve
of now that hes dead? Thats so fucked.
It would be fucked if I were doing it. Im not.
Its nothing like that. Charles gave his... blessing,
if you want to call it that, to you and me before he
died, for what its worth. And its not worth much.
I didnt let his objections stop me before and I
wouldnt now. Youre my lover. I just dont feel
like sex much lately. Look, Ill try. Ill work on
it. I know this isnt fair to you.
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