FIC: Insatiable Curiosity (Whats Past is Prologue 13/18)
- I need money, Warren. And I need you to keep quiet
Well, thats getting to the point. How much do you
I dont know. I need the best criminal law firm you
can find me. And whatever they charge, thats what I
Scott. Whats going on?
Its a long story.
What did you do? Kill someone?
Very funny. What do you need a criminal lawyer for?
Its not for me. I need this for my brother.
You have a brother?
Yes, his name is Alex.
Younger or older?
Younger. Two years.
How is it that weve been friends since high school
and I never knew you had a brother?
I havent seen him in close to twenty years. He needs
my help. Hes in federal prison.
For a crime he didnt commit?
No, then it would be easy and I wouldnt need the
high priced legal talent. He did it, all right. And a
few others as well.
So... maybe he needs to serve his sentence.
I have to get him out. Whatever it takes. I cant
explain. Im sorry, Warren. I know this isnt the time
to ask for money, but I need your help.
Ill find you a lawyer. And a way to pay the fees.
Rick? Its Jean-Paul Beaubier.
I didnt expect to hear from you.
I enjoyed talking to you the other day.
Are you calling about the article on the memorial
No, I wasnt. I did read it, though.
Its nothing personal.
I didnt take it personally. Hey, its okay, copain.
Ive been called worse things than menacing before.
I didnt mean you. I didnt mean any of you as
individuals. It was just the whole spectacle. Ive got
nothing against mutants, really. But youve got to
admit, theres something frightening about a private
army with powers the rest of us only dream about. And
no government oversight.
We meant to impress, hein? That was the point of
being there in uniform like that. There are all
different kinds of impressions. A display like that is
a two-edged sword. We were supposed to give a
demonstration of power. Depending on how you feel
about us to start with, that power can be comforting
or... menacing, hein? I happen to know were the good
guys. I cant expect you to know that. At least not
yet. Maybe if you got to know us better youd realize
that. Or at least got to know me better. When we met
you said youd like to get to know me.
Why are you calling me?
You called me.
Yeah, and you never called back.
Im sorry about that. I wanted to, but I didnt think
I should. After I met you, I heard your name back in
Westchester. Heard you were writing about the X-Men. I
got worried. I started thinking Id gotten set up,
nest-ce pas? That youd known who I was when you came
up to me in the bar that time.
I didnt. I had no idea. I just saw you, was drawn to
you, attracted to you. I wanted to get to know you.
I believe you. I realized afterwards you would have
been a lot more persistent if youd been after my
information. Instead of my body, that is. You asked
questions you reporters cant help yourselves, hein?
but when I said I didnt want to answer, you
accepted that. So, I figured you didnt have any
underhanded purpose in picking me up. Just the usual
I... I had a good time with you, Jean-Paul.
Moi aussi. Rick, I didnt feel I could call you
before. Not the way the other X-Men were talking about
you. Maybe you dont have anything against mutants.
Your paper does. And the way the rest of the team was
talking here, they would have thought I was a traitor
if theyd known Id talked to you. Or known what else
I did with you. I didnt want anyone to know. And I
wasnt just worried about what others would think,
bien sur. I was doubting myself, worried that Id
misjudged you, been taken in by someone unscrupulous.
But... I kept thinking about you.
Ive been thinking about you, too.
Bien. Now the storys done. Its written and I dont
have to worry about slipping up and telling you
something about the X-Men you might twist to your
papers anti-mutant purpose. And, vraiment, I didnt
think the article was so damning, or even that unfair.
Maybe Ive got a thick skin. Maybe I think I can still
convince you Im a good guy. Or maybe I was reading it
remembering having a good time with you... Anyway, Id
like to see you again. I dont know if youre
I am. Im very interested.
I still cant talk to you about my work, hein?
I understand. I wont ask. Well, Ill try not to.
Youre right; I have trouble not asking questions.
Partly the job, partly just my personality. Im the
original Elephants Child.
Watch out for dangerous crocodiles. Ah, but you like
danger, nest-ce pas? Maybe thats why I didnt mind
being called menacing. I knew who was saying it.
Just tell me to shut up if I ask things I shouldnt.
I can think of ways to keep you too occupied to ask
That sounds very promising.
Can I come see you this weekend?
Id love that. Will you... fly here?
Oui. Easiest way for me to get around. Give me your
Who was she?
Shes just a friend of mine, Jamie. Her names
Why havent I heard anything about her? Why wont you
tell me anything about her?
Theres nothing to tell. Just somebody I knew before
I came here. I havent heard about everyone from
before you came to Xaviers, either.
If I knew somebody like that, I would have said so.
RoseAnn, I dont even think she... he... I dont think
that was a woman.
Well, shes kind of working on that.
What does that mean?
Crystal... shes a guy, but she likes being a girl
sometimes. I dont know. I dont really get it. Its
just how she is. You know, were not exactly normal
ourselves. Its not like we should be criticizing
people who are a little different.
Im not criticizing him... her... Im criticizing
you. Im your boyfriend. I thought I knew you. Now Im
starting to feel like you had a whole other life I
knew nothing about.
Thats ridiculous. Dont be so melodramatic. Just
because I didnt mention Crystal, suddenly I have this
Crystal sure isnt somebody from your old school. So
how does she know Nick? And whats this about him
looking all over for you?
When are you leaving?
Tomorrow. I'll just be there overnight. 'Ro won't be
back until after I am. Youre in charge while Im
away. Take care of them, Logan.
Maybe somebody else should go. That Kapell is still
after you. What if he hears youre going to Indiana?
Its a risk, I know. Im doing this as quietly as I
can. Im going by commercial carrier, not taking the
Blackbird. But its got to be me. I have to see him.
Do you really think you can get him released?
One way or another. I have to. Id rather do it
legally, if I can. Its my fault hes in there.
You didnt hold up a liquor store at gunpoint and
take a customer hostage when the cops showed up. He
If not for me, it never would have happened. None of
it. While I was spending my teenage years here, under
Charless protection, he was in prison. And its my
Come on, Cyclops. Its not your fault. You didnt
know he was there. You didnt know what happened. And
you werent exactly living in some teenage paradise
yourself. You were blind and on the streets for over a
year, and then forming the Professors combat team.
Its not like you had it so easy.
Well, he should have had it easier. I just... I just
want to help him. I want to give him another chance.
What will you do if you can get him out?
Ill offer him a place on the team. I can give him a
job, a home, something to do with his life.
What makes you think hell even want to be an X-Man?
I dont know if he will or not. I can ask, cant I?
Its what Ive got to offer. Hes my brother. Ill
give him what Ive got to give.
I dont know, Scott. Hes not the little kid you
remember. I read the dossier Adam put together. Any
way you look at it, your brother Alex is a hardened
criminal. A loner. Out only for himself. Not
interested in your grand vision.
Gee, Logan, why would I think somebody like that
could be an X-Man?
Anjuli? Its Adam.
Hi! Are you and Ezra settled back in?
Pretty much. Hes missing Hank something fierce,
though. He keeps looking for him. So hard to get into
his two-year-old brain that you and Hank are in New
York, and were in DC. He keeps thinking Hanks just
in another room.
Yeah, Hanks the same way. I feel bad, almost like
splitting up twins or something.
Westchesters definitely the best place for you. On
general principles I try not to agree with my mother,
but shes right this time. And Ezrall be there half
the time, at least.
At least? Are you moving to New York, too?
Maybe. Im putting out feelers about jobs, anyway. It
seems too hard to raise Ezra together if were living
this far apart. Lots easier for Jean-Paul and me than
for normal couples. Super speed comes in handy for kid
hand-off, but still. Jean-Paul can get called off to a
mission at any time, just as easily on his time with
Ezra as on mine.
There are always plenty of people to take care of him
here if Jean-Paul has to leave. You know Im always
glad to, and Im not the only one.
Yeah, but I want to be with him when I can. Thats
what was so great about the three of us sharing a
place. We all keep weird hours and have unpredictable
schedules, but with three of us, somebody was pretty
much always around at night. One of us could always be
with the babies. I do think its great that there are
plenty of folks in the X-Men to care for Ezra, but I
dont want to rely on them. Id rather Ezras with me
when Jean-Pauls away. Also, Ive got nobody here, if
Im called away on an assignment.
So, if you might move here... and I hear you and Jake
arent seeing each other anymore... Any chance of you
and Jean-Paul getting back together?
I dont think so. Im not saying I havent been
thinking about it, but Im worried that I lost my
Why do you think that?
Well, for one thing, where is he right now?
I dont know. Away for the weekend, somebody said. I
didnt hear if its a mission or what.
Well, I heard its a date. Dates that last a whole
weekend start sounding like relationships, you know?
Not that its any of my business what he does. Not
when Ezras with me. But, like I said, I think I lost
my chance. I dont know that we could have made a go
of it, anyway. Too much happened. I'm sure it's for
the best we broke up. Still, I do miss him. Dont tell
him I said that, okay?
Any progress on the mutant toddler front?
Ive checked and rechecked Jeans tests. I cant see
any errors. The theorys sound. I dont know what it
Whats Hanks skin color now?
Café au lait. His old color. Not a hint of blue. Hes
been back to normal if this is normal for him ever
since you left. Maybe the color change was just a
temporary thing and its over now? But I still dont
get it. What would make a two-year-old turn blue? How
can there be any explanation other than a mutant
coming into his powers?
I think I know the answer Anjuli. I think a mutant is
coming into his powers. Just not Hank.
Mofic Website: www.angelfire.com/comics/mo
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail - You care about security. So do we.